Dennis Gruenling

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Third Is The Word

Sixth and Seventh Chorus Breakdown

Hi there - Dennis Gruenling here, now ready to get into this next section of my 3rd position piece “Third Is The Word”. There will be a fair amount of techniques involved in this section including intervals, octaves, distorted notes, trills, and some tonal variations we will work on as well. We will also be taking some of my short phrases and turning them into little themes to use for this section, changing them around slowly, little by little, and building up to release some musical tension. Remember, it’s not just the notes you play, but HOW you play them, and what you SAY with these notes that counts! Dig in, and have some fun with this!

- Dennis Gruenling



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
3rd Position

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of D.

Loop 0:17 6th and 7th Chorus Acoustically

Loop 1:21 6th Chorus Acoustically

Loop 1:50 Breakdown of First 4 Bars and 2nd Verse

Loop 4:22 IV and I Chord Breakdown (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 6:57 Slow Practice Loop Of First 8 Bars

Loop 7:29 Breakdown of Turnaround

Loop 9:16 Slow Practice Loop of 6th Chorus

Loop 9:47 Breakdown of First 4 Bars and 2nd Verse

Loop 11:14 IV and I Chord Breakdown (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 12:40 Slow Practice Loop Of First 8 Bars

Loop 13:06 Breakdown of Turnaround

Loop 14:24 Slow Practice Loop of 7th Chorus

Loop 14:53 Closing Thoughts





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Marc Graci
Marc Graci Apr 29, 2018

That V-IV-I in Chorus 6 is very hip. That's one I'm going to steal, for sure. Apr 24, 2017

Holy poop this starts out ok but my brain exploded when I'm supposed to scoop up on the 3. Separating the boys on this,  cool jam. 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling May 02, 2017

Haha!! There are four notes in hole 3's good to learn how to separate them and treat them as such...remember it's not just a "note that bends". There is a natural note (unbent), and then three other notes that you can bend down to. Bending is the most difficult thing about mastering the harmonica, but once you start tackling it, so many doors open up!

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