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Stacked Fifths (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Stacked Fifths

Brendan wraps up his series in the style of Dave Matthews by showing us one of Dave's unique techniques: stacked fifths.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of Dave Matthews seriesLength: 12:10Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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kcraigmasonkcraigmason replied on November 26th, 2013

I am starting over after setting aside music making for 30 years. Have been following Dave Matthews since the mid-90s. I will come back to this and practice frequently. Some DMB songs would be nice to have.

jeffandmjjeffandmj replied on August 15th, 2013

It's great to see some Dave Matthews material. A couple of songs would be great for Phase 3. DMB is what starting my interest in guitar and oh boy it is very difficult for beginners. i am now, after a year, able to get my fingers to stretch like Dave. Thank you for the lessons.

davidtangdavidtang replied on August 14th, 2013

I've always just thought of those as a particular voicing of a sus2 chord, although stacked fifths gives a really easy to understand "chord image" in my head. When I hear "stacked fifths" I know exactly the chord you're referring to, whereas "sus2" can have various voicings, so I like your "stacked 5ths" term better :)

huntjasonhuntjason replied on August 12th, 2013

Thanks Brendan. Loved this short series!!

Style of Dave Matthews

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brendan Burns takes a look into what makes Dave Matthews such a unique guitarist, and what gives him his distinctive sound. Specifically, Brendan looks at Dave's chord voicings and his melodic ideas, then as always shows you how to bring this into your own playing!



Lesson 1

Dave Matthews' Chord Voicings

Brendan shows us some of Dave Matthews' unique chord voicings and why they are so important to his distinctive sound.

Length: 33:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Stacked Fifths

Brendan wraps up his series in the style of Dave Matthews by showing us one of Dave's unique techniques: stacked fifths.

Length: 12:10 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only

About Brendan Burns View Full Biography Brendan has been passionate about music since childhood. He began his studies on trumpet, in elementary school, and then moved to guitar as a teenager. He holds a Bachelor's Degree from Berklee College of Music, and has studied with Norm Zocher, Joe Stump, Bret Willmott, Bob Pilkington, Jay Weik, Tim Miller, & Charlie Banacos.

While at Berklee, Brendan was a member of the Music Mentoring Program, teaching private lessons to gifted high school students. He is currently teaches, and is chair of the guitar department at Brookline Music School. Brendan also teaches guitar for Tune Foolery & privately at his home in Cambridge, MA.

Along with educating, Brendan plays out often as a Solo Guitarist, performing standards, pop, and classical repertoire. He has recorded and played with the chamber-fusion band Ra Quintent, and as well as Vessela Stoyanova's Eastern Stories Under Western Skies Project. Brendan also performs as a leader, director and sideman for various Boston art-rock projects, and is former member of MIT's Gamelan Galak Tika.

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