Dennis Gruenling

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Scaled Down

4th and 5th Chorus Breakdown

Hey all you Harpsters of Sonic Junction!

This week we will work on the next two choruses of “Scaled Down”. These choruses will include rhythmic chords, smooth drawn-out bends, and a lot of vamped single notes. Keeping the groove and playing in the pocket will be a big part of chorus 5 here, so make sure you are comfortable staying in the groove rhythmically while playing vamped single notes. Remember, a metronome is a good practice tool to help to get better at this...and have some fun with this!

- 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 4th and 5th Chorus

Loop 0:51 Intro to Lesson

Loop 1:54 4th and 5th Chorus Acoustically

Loop 2:45 Breakdown of First Section and Tongue Vamping (Slapping)

Loop 6:00 Practice Loop of First Section

Loop 6:15 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8

Loop 6:35 Practice Loop of Bars 5 - 8

Loop 7:01 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 7:30 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 8:33 Slow Practice Loop of 4th Chorus

Loop 9:04 At Tempo Practice Loop of 4th Chorus

5th Chorus

Loop 9:28 5th Chorus and the 2 Draw

Loop 11:06 Practice Loop 2 Draw Vamp

Loop 11:44 Breakdown of Articulation

Loop 12:40 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 13:00 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 15:08 Practice Loop of 5th Chorus

Loop 15:40 Practice Loop of 4th and 5th Chorus

Loop 16:27 Closing Thoughts







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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Sep 14, 2020

Yeah !! I didn t have any answer before ... loll ... make sense !! thank s Dennis !!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Sep 14, 2020

Hi Dennis !! why ?? when you start to count the beat at the begining of a song or a Chorus , you do "1- pause - 2 - pause again and 1-2-3-4 without pause and start ?? hope my question is clear enough ??

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Sep 14, 2020

When a song is counted off, this is usually the way, to get yourself and anyone else you play with coordinated with the groove and tempo before it even starts...

You count to 4 two times, establishing the tempo. The first time, you count half time (1... ...2... ...) meaning you count "1" where 1 is, but you count "2" where 3 normally is...half speed basically. THEN you count normal time (1...2...3...4...). This is all to establish the tempo and groove before you start.

For a slow blues, it is usually JUST the "normal" count, or else the count will be very long. I hope that explains it OK for you.

Marc Graci
Marc Graci Jul 25, 2018

I think any good player has to get proficient at holding a groove down just by playing on the root note. It's like what Little Walter did in "Off the Wall" and "Juke." Chorus 5 is cool break because the song has really built up in intensity to that point. I don't know if there's anywhere else to go!!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jul 26, 2018

Thanks, and yes, keeping a groove is of the utmost importance! Playing a catchy riff while staying on one note and keeping the groove is also a very overlooked skill and demands a full command of your musical sensibilties.

Boyd R
Boyd R Oct 12, 2017

very fun tune

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 16, 2017

Thank you Boyd!

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