Dennis Gruenling

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Moan A Chrome

Fifth Chorus Breakdown

Hey There Sonic Harpers!

Welcome back to my chromatic harmonica piece “Moan-A-Chrome” and this time we tackle Chorus 5. There are a few riffs we use here that I repeat and turn around a few different ways in this chorus. Again, these are all based on the minor pentatonic or the blues scale (they are almost the same) and the timing will be important in this section. I start off building some excitement and tension with some faster phrasing and repetition, and then go way up the harp for a nice descending run down the harp. No new techniques, but there are new patterns and twists here for you. Remember to breathe a little softer here on the chromatic as you Moan these blues!

- Dennis Gruenling




Topics and/or subjects covered in this lesson:
Chromatic Harmonica

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

C Chromatic Harmonica in the Key of D

Loop 0:14 Fifth Chorus Run-Through

Loop 0:56 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 2:37 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 2:56 Breakdown of IV Chord and Back to I (Bars 5 - 8)

Loop 4:44 Practice Loop of First 8 Bars

Loop 5:19 Breakdown of V Chord and Turnaround

Loop 7:48 Practice Loop

Loop 8:30 Closing Thoughts





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andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 14, 2020

Thank you Dennis !!

andre Loiselle
andre Loiselle Jan 14, 2020

Hi Dennis !! I blew to hard and one note is false , hole #5 blow ... I d like to know , is this the same way to "tune" diatonic Harp , sand the top of the read to get sharper ?? i m able to maintenance a diatonic Harp ... let me know ... have a good day !!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jan 14, 2020

Yes, just be very careful with the chromatics. They are not as easy to work with.

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