Dennis Gruenling

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Scaled Down

8th and 9th Chorus Breakdown

Hey all my harping friends!

We will tackle the next two choruses of “Scaled Down” this week, and we will be using a lot of octaves and distorted notes for chorus 8, so make sure you are ready to tackle those. As we move further in this session, we will hit some long distorted tones, more rhythmic chords, and repeated root notes in the groove. It’s all about the timing and phrasing here (that is always important anyway as a blues musician), so be sure you know where the groove and the beat is when you attack these notes and octaves. We are heading into the home stretch here, but make sure you are also having fun while working on this with me!

- Dennis Gruenling



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

G Harp in the Key of D.

Loop 0:00 Dennis and Dave Playing the 8th and 9th Chorus

Loop 0:45 Intro to Lesson

Loop 1:15 8th and 9th Chorus Acoustically

Loop 1:58 Breakdown of First Section (Bars 1 - 8)

Loop 4:29 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 4:53 Breakdown of Bars 9 - 12

Loop 5:52 Practice Loop of 8th Chorus

Loop 6:22 Breakdown of 9th Chorus Bars 1 - 8

Loop 8:34 Practice Loop of Bars 1 - 8

Loop 8:54 Breakdown of Bars 9 - 12

Loop 10:00 Practice Loop of Bars 9 - 12

Loop 10:15 9th Chorus Practice Loop

Loop 10:51 Slow Practice Loop of 9th Chorus

Loop 11:17 Practice Loop of 8th and 9th Chorus





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Robert Fox
Robert Fox Dec 31, 2016

Thanks, Dennis! Happy New Year!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jan 07, 2017

Happy New Year!!

Robert Fox
Robert Fox Dec 31, 2016

Hi Dennis - Great series of lessons (as usual)! I'm curious - as a 99.9% tongue-blocker, how do you handle the 1 hole blow and draw? Tongue-switching? Thanks!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Dec 31, 2016

Hi Robert - good question - thanks!

On hole #1, I use any of three options, depending on where I'm coming from, where I'm going, and the desired effect I want...

1) Tongue-block to the left (as normal) with my tongue on the end of the comb of the harp. Nothing to block there, but still keeping my mouth and my embouchure in normal position to play as I normally would.

2) Tongue-switch and tongue-block to the right, just in case I may want some TB effect, or if I want to utilize the little quick "jump" that tongue-switching allows you. Although with TS'ing, you may not have all the articulation as you normally would with your more "normal" embouchure, which is TB'ing to the lower note side.

3) Pucker and just use it for that hole with a specific attack, if I want.


Have a great New Year's!!

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