Dennis Gruenling

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Windy City Shuffle in E

First Chorus Breakdown

Hi - Dennis Gruenling here and this week we start breaking down how to play this Chicago-Style Shuffle in the key of E on an A harmonica in 2nd position. Pay particular attention to not just the notes that I am playing, but how I am putting the phrases together with the groove and using different techniques together for a particular sound. In this first chorus we’ll be using distorted notes, tremolo, tongue vamps, trills and more. Especially inspired by the styles of Little Walter (and a bit of Big Walter), this takes you through some typical patterns and phrases in the style of these Chicago greats….dig in and enjoy as we begin trip to Chicago!



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

Print Print Chords & Tab

A Harp in the Key of E.

Loop 0:00 First Chorus with Nick

Loop 1:50 First Chorus Acoustically

Loop 2:25 Breakdown of First 4 Bars

Loop 4:24 Practice Loop of First 4 Bars

Loop 4:40 IV Chord Breakdown

Loop 6:33 Practice Loop of IV Chord

Loop 6:49 Breakdown of Last 4 Bars

Loop 9:16 Practice Loop of Last 4 Bars

Loop 9:30 Practice Loop of 1st Chorus

Loop 10:12 Closing Thoughts





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tim james
tim james Aug 14, 2020

actually   Dennis i think i hear you  mouthing  TAH  and TOO on some notes !!??


Dennis Gruenling
Dennis Gruenling Aug 24, 2020

Yes, the articulation is sharp on some of these notes, the the "t" sound. Thanks!!

tim james
tim james Aug 14, 2020

great  tune Dennis,  love it !!!

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