Dennis Gruenling

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Keep The Change

Performance and Introduction

Hi Sonic Junctioneers!

My new study piece is a tune called “Keep The Change”, on an A harp in 2nd position, in the key of E. The focus of this tune is to keep in mind the I-IV-V chord changes, and how to play with them just with a few subtle changes, particularly on hole #3. There will be many tonal shapes and textures to these notes, but of most importance here will be your bending ability.

So be sure to have your tuner handy to practice these notes in tune, and don't forget to “keep the change”!

Enjoy - Dennis Gruenling

Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chicago Blues

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:44 Playing With The Changes

Loop 2:14 Whole Song

Loop 2:14 First Verse

Loop 2:53 Second Verse

Loop 3:22 Third Verse

Loop 3:53 Fourth Verse

Loop 4:22 Fifth Verse

Loop 4:50 Sixth Verse

Loop 5:20 Seventh Verse

Loop 5:49 Eigth Verse





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klaus meyer
klaus meyer Aug 27, 2019

O.k thank you Dennis !

klaus meyer
klaus meyer Aug 25, 2019

In progress:

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Aug 26, 2019

Hi Klaus!

As usual, good work here. Two quick things (I'm sure you know them though, as you always improve well over time with your uploads).

- Smoother transitions from one hole to the next

- be very careful to make sure you are raising that 3 draw note ALL THE WAY up when on the I chord, even during the vibrato...meaning when the vibrato is not bending the note, you want the truly unbent note. That was the biggest thing that stuck out to me, because the 3 draw natural (unbent) is part of the I chord, and part of why I played it for this song, to "play the changes" more.


Gagi Oct 13, 2017

Hi Dennis.... I'm playng this instrument about 5 years...i'm not playing and coping only the sonic junctions music pieces,I'm listening and coping the monster players:little walter,both sonny boy williamsons,james cotton,junior wells,slim harpo,sonny terry and others... and I'm listening the hole blues music from robert johnson to quin sulivan....if somone listen to me they says that im a "well done"player or "excelent" player... but I'm playng the great palyers licks in to groove,,,,and the my question is: how can I have the good improvization,build the music?     I can't tell the story through the music language....please help me

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 16, 2017

Hi Gagi - You are doing the right thing for now by building up your repertoire of licks, and knowledge of how great players play the instrument. That will be your basis from which you start building your own ideas and start creating your own musical statements. It's a long process to be an accomplished improvisational player, but that is the beginning of it. Make sure that you allow time for yourself to practice jamming in your practice time....and this is also something that I work on with my students in my Live 1-on-1 lessons if you are interested. It is approached differently for every student depending on your skill level, your technique, and your thinking....let me know if you are interested! Thank you!

Gagi Oct 18, 2017

yes I'm interested....where can i find it,on badassharmonica? I'm living too far from united states and if it possible I can do this with online...

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Oct 22, 2017

Right here on Sonic Junction, in the upper right corner of the menu it says "skype lessons"....look for me in that link. Thank You! it is all done online LIVE

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 25, 2017

I'm still focused on the first couple choruses but I'm hearing tones that remind me a lot of Jerry McCain's tune, Easy.  That might not have been anywhere in your mind but to me it's a very unique sound and really sweet. 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Aug 28, 2017

Thanks, I really dig Jerry McCain's playing, but it was nowhere near my mind actually. This is mainly inspired by saxophone instrumentals of the 50's...although those kind of tunes also inspired some of Jerry's tunes as well!  

tim james
tim james Aug 18, 2017


Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Aug 18, 2017

I love theory.

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Aug 18, 2017

Thanks Bill - this is just begining to touch the surface, but gives you a few things to work on and think about for any time that you play the I-IV-V chords. Hope you like it!

Jim Wood
Jim Wood Aug 18, 2017



Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Aug 18, 2017

Thanks Jim! :) 

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