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Trill Seeker

Sixth Chorus Breakdown

Hello Sonic Junction friends -

Dennis Gruenling here with the next chorus of my “Trill Seeker” study song. For this next chorus, we depart from all the trills and we get melodic once again. This section will include some low bend tones, distorted notes, sharply articulated notes, and a rhythmic turnaround section to keep you on your toes. I still want you to practice working on your trills if they aren’t very clean and steady, but you can do that in short practice sessions in between these new licks.

I hope you dig this little melodic departure before we get back into some more trills next keep the harp between your lips and your goals within your grips!

- Dennis Gruenling



Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Dennis Gruenling
Trill Seeker

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E. 

Loop 0:00 Dennis and Dave Playing the Whole Song

Loop 1:27 Dennis and Dave Playing the Sixth Chorus

Loop 2:47 The Importance of Practicing Trills in Isolation

Loop 3:47 Breakdown of First Four Bars (I Chord)

Loop 5:04 Practice Loop of First Four Bars

Loop 5:42 IV Chord and Back to the I Chord (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 7:05 Practice Loop of IV Chord and Back to the I (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 7:55 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 8:20 V Chord and Turnaround Breakdown

Loop 11:38 Practice Loop of Last 4 Bars

Loop 12:05 Slow Practice Loop of Entire 6th Chorus

Loop 12:38 At Tempo Practice Loop of Entire 6th Chorus





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Marc Graci
Marc Graci Aug 25, 2018

Hmmm..... something is messing with me here. The phrases you play on the one and the five both start on the downbeat. When you play the 1+ on the four chord, your phrasing starts on beat 2 (I believe...). Am I counting these beats correctly?

I feel compelled to start the IV phrase on the downbeat just to be consistent. Should I train myself to wait a beat to start this phrase?

Thanks for your help, Dennis!!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Aug 28, 2018

Yes, you are counting them correctly (as I am in the video)...Why do you want them to all start consistently on a downbeat? That's not how the song is played. Yes, you should just count the downbeat of the IV ("1") silently to yourself if you need to. It's just startoing on beat 2...I have faith in you that you can do this!! : )

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