Dennis Gruenling

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Scaled Down

2nd Chorus Breakdown

Hi there fellow harpsters!

This week on Sonic Junction we dive into the second chorus of my “Scaled Down” blues scale study piece. I will be taking parts of the blues scale and making little riffs out of it, and also will be utilizing repetition to build up some tension and excitement here. In addition, this chorus will also have some distorted notes, and I will talk a bit about playing over a quicker and more aggressive rhythm, such as the one in this song.

Grab your harps, start groovin’, and I’ll see you next week!

- Dennis Gruenling



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
G Harp
Key of D
Dennis Gruenling
Dave Gross
Scaled Down

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

G Harp in the Key of D.

Loop 0:00 Dennis and Dave Playing Chorus 1 & 2

Loop 1:06 2nd Chorus Acoustically

Loop 1:28 Soloing Over Up Tempo Tunes

Loop 3:20 2nd Chorus Slowly

Loop 3:48 Breakdown of First Riff

Loop 5:17 V Chord Section Breakdown

Loop 6:09 Ending Riff Breakdown

Loop 6:50 V Chord Practice Loop

Loop 7:12 Slow Practice Loop

Loop 7:43 At Tempo Practice Loop

Loop 8:10 Closing Thoughts





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Grant Page
Grant Page Nov 15, 2017

hey Dennis, on the little rythmic thing, I can't tell if you are playing the 12 draw chord or doing a tounge vamp

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 21, 2017

on which rhythmic thing?

Doing a tongue-vamp means I'm lifting my tongue and getting the 1-2 draw chord anyway...I am playing the 2 draw, and in between getting the 1-2 draw chord while vamping (taking tongue off the harp)...does this clear this up? Thanks!

Grant Page
Grant Page Nov 21, 2017

it’s right around 3 minutes 30 seconds into the video

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Nov 26, 2016

Mike,I just wanted to let you know that the new format, which allows you to find individual lesson sets without going through every lesson since the beginning of time, is a huge improvement.  Nice work and thanks!


Mike Caren
Mike Caren Nov 29, 2016

Hi Bill --- glad it's working for you.  As you keep using the new design--- would be great to know what's working and what can be better.  

Raleigh Lee
Raleigh Lee Nov 26, 2016


When you say don't hurry up to the rhythm, what do you mean? You have to keep up, don't you?

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Nov 26, 2016

Yes, of course you want to keep up with the tempo, but you don't want to SPEED up the tempo, haha! Speeding up the tempo on an uptempo song such as this is extremely common, which is another reason to always work on your timing and sense of rhythm as part of your regular practice routine (with a metronome). Most players, unless they have a great sense of timing, will speed up while playing a faster song, without even realizing it. Thanks for asking!!

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