Dennis Gruenling

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Horton Shuffle

Eighth, Ninth and Tenth Chorus Breakdown

Hi Everyone -

This week we wrap my study of Big Walter Horton’s style in my “Horton Shuffle”. We will cover long sustained intervals, blow bends (remember high bends are done more towards the front of the mouth), “barking” 3 draws and a return to the head of the song. I made this as close to Big Walter’s style as I could imagine, especially with those heavily accented rhythmic chords in there…his attack was intense sometimes!

Enjoy putting the rest of this piece together, and I will see you next time here on Sonic Junction.




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
key of E
A Harp
Big Walter Horton
Dennis Gruenling
Dave Gross
Horton Shuffle

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E

Loop 0:00 Dennis and Dave Playing the 8th, 9th and 10th Chorus

Loop 1:24 Breakdown of 8th Chorus - First 4 Bars

Loop 3:13 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8

Loop 4:22 Breakdown of Bars 9 - 12

Loop 6:57 Practice Loop of 8th Chorus (Bars 1 - 12) 


Loop 7:23 Breakdown of 9th Chorus - First 4 Bars

Loop 8:13 Breakdown of Bars 5 - 8

Loop 9:20 Practice Loop Bars 1 - 8

Loop 9:40 Breakdown of Bars 9 - 12

Loop 11:40 Practice Loop of 9th Chorus (Bars 1 - 12) 

Loop 12:11 Practice Loop of 8th and 9th Chorus Together


Loop 13:01 Breakdown of 10th Chorus - First 8 Bars

Loop 13:51 Breakdown of Bars 9 - 12

Loop 14:17 Practice Loop of 10th Chorus (Bars 1 - 12) 

Loop 14:45 Breakdown of Ending

Loop 16:16 Practice Loop of 10th Chorus with Ending


Loop 16:47 Practice Loop of 8th, 9th 10th Chorus with Ending 





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Michael Flannery
Michael Flannery Apr 19, 2015

Thanks Dennis this was a great lesson lots of good stuff

I can't wait until your next song 

Eric C Rodenberg
Eric C Rodenberg Apr 06, 2015

Great stuff Dennis. I really benefited from this. Timely too, Big Walter was born this day (April 6, 1917). I appreciate your expounding on this percussive style. Really digging it.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 06, 2015

Thanks Eric! He was a huge influence on so many players, and his technique was really amazing, with all of his dynamics, textures, range of attacks and nuances. Glad you dug it man!

Paul W
Paul W Apr 04, 2015

Great lesson Dennis, Thank You!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 05, 2015

Thanks! Glad you dug it....I'll be back!

tim james
tim james Apr 03, 2015

top stuff  mate....AGAIN !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 03, 2015

Thank You!! Glad you are enjoying it...Big Walter was awesome, and had tons of technique to learn from.

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