Dennis Gruenling

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Scaled Down

3rd Chorus Breakdown

Hello Sonic Junctionites!

For this week, we go into chorus 3 of my blues scale study piece “Scaled Down” and work with moving up, down, and within the blues scale. I also will talk about a practice concept that I have used many times myself while working on forming ideas within a scale. Don’t forget to keep working with your tuner and to practice the blues scale by itself.

Dig in and enjoy!

- 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 the 3rd Chorus

Loop 1:01 3rd Chorus Acoustically

Loop 1:23 Breakdown of First Riff

Loop 3:17 Slow Practice Loop of First Riff

Loop 3:38 Hitting the 3 Draw Half Step Bend

Loop 4:44 First Riff Variation

Loop 5:20 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 6:00 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 6:53 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 9:18 Practice Loop of Last 4 Bars

Loop 9:48 How To Learn It

Loop 10:29 Slow Practice Loop

Loop 10:53 At Tempo Practice Loop





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Boyd R
Boyd R Dec 06, 2016

great thanks

Boyd R
Boyd R Dec 06, 2016

great workout  thanks

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Dec 06, 2016

Glad you like it Boyd! Thank you

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Dec 04, 2016

Mine is there sometimes but definitely needs work.  Thanks for the opportunity :)

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Dec 04, 2016

For technique things like bending and/or tongue-blocking, short but multiple practice episodes work best. Before you know it,  the muscle memory will kick in, and it will become easier and better.

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Dec 03, 2016

I suspect I know the answer to this question but I'll ask anyway.  Tongue blocking that 2-hole whole step bend on the last riff?

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Dec 03, 2016

If you suspected that yes I am tongue-blocking it, then you do know the answer! Tongue-blocking on hole 2 is so imporatnt, especially for the rhythms and attacks you need to do this style of playing allows you so many more textures and rhythmic nuances, as well as tonal variations.

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