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Split The Difference

Performance and Introduction

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Split The Difference > Performance and Introduction

Hey There Harpers!

Dennis Gruenling here with my new series focusing on splits and octaves on the diatonic harmonica called “Split The Difference”. For this study piece we will be in the Key of F, playing 2nd Position on a Bb harmonica. If you don’t already use some tongue-blocking, this is going to be a good exercise (and excuse) for you to start working on this exciting tongue-blocked technique. If you are already using some tongue-blocking, this will help give you more exercises and patterns utilizing split intervals and octaves on the harp. This technique can really give our humble instrument a much bigger and fuller sound, since we will be playing 2 notes at once while using this technique.

Check it out, and then let the fun begin jamming along with it!

- Dennis



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

Backing Track

Print Print Chords & Tab

Bb Harp in the Key of F.

Loop 0:37 Introduction to Tongue Splits and Octaves

Loop 2:37 Whole Song

Loop 2:37 First Verse

Loop 3:05 Second Verse

Loop 3:22 Third Verse


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arnold2 Jul 11, 2019

What is your favorite note on the harmonica?

I like F!! On C harmonica, it is 5 draw. On other harmonica, it is another hole. I will find all the F notes!!

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Jul 16, 2019

Hi - I don't have any specific particular note. For me, it all depends on the context of the song, and when and how I am playing the note also....

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Apr 07, 2019

Sounds like a good idea.  Not that I'm complaining but every series that you and Rick do is so packed with great stuff - techniques,  concepts, new positions... -  it can get a bit overwhelming by chorus number ten! There's several lifetimes worth of blues harmonica to learn from this site. I  am very appreciative to have it. 

arnold2 Jul 11, 2019

I also appreciate!

Bill Blatner
Bill Blatner Apr 07, 2019

Really cool sound Dennis.  Are there changes afoot in the format of lessons here? Only three choruses this time. 

Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Apr 07, 2019

Well, I was asked to do a shorter format, which I believe will also make some of these study songs perhaps easier to tackle, while I can pinpoint a specific focus even more if I want to. 

Jim Wood
Jim Wood Apr 05, 2019

Right on.

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