It's time to learn your first scale - the C major scale in first position. Mark also explains how the major scale is constructed.
Taught by Mark Brennan in Basic Electric Guitar seriesLength: 21:31Difficulty: 1.5 of 5
Mark's Phase 1 series will take you through the basics of playing electric guitar.
Mark introduces his Phase 1 series and covers some fundamental electric guitar basics.Length: 30:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark provides a detailed overview of amplification. This lesson has some great info for any electric player.Length: 33:55 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Before we start rocking, Mark goes over some tools and training necessary to every beginning guitarist.Length: 12:52 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
It's time to get some sound out of your guitar. Mark begins with picking hand technique.Length: 31:34 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark explains proper left hand technique from the ground up.Length: 10:36 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark teaches you all of the natural notes played in first position. He uses two classic melodies to supplement this information.Length: 25:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
It's time to learn your first scale - the C major scale in first position. Mark also explains how the major scale is constructed.Length: 21:31 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark covers 7 basic chords in the key of C major.Length: 35:14 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark expands on chords in C major by showing full forms of the chords you learned in Part 1. He also teaches you the chord progression to a familiar tune.Length: 25:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
It's time to start making some noise by using power chords and palm muting. Mark gives you the framework to start rocking the 12 bar blues in a basic I-IV-V progression.Length: 36:43 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Take your knowledge of the notes in the first position and start jamming on a simple pentatonic riff.Length: 14:34 Difficulty: 1.0 FREE
Let's build on lesson 11 with an extended discussion of the pentatonic scale. For lesson 12, we'll simply add one note to the pentatonic scale to give us the famous blues scale. We'll also discuss new...Length: 36:27 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark explains how to finger power chords and how they can be moved anywhere on the fretboard. He also shows an exercise that will help you remember the name of each power chord.Length: 16:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark Brennan explains rhythmic notation, tempos, time signatures, note values, and more in this lesson.Length: 32:14 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark explores the key of G major in this lesson. He covers the first position pattern of the scale and explains how it can be harmonized in thirds.Length: 33:22 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark teaches the basic chords of G major as well as some other exercises to get you acquainted with this key.Length: 34:28 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark explains the basics of D major.Length: 25:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark takes you through the chords of D major and explains some new ones that you haven't encountered yet.Length: 35:00 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark continues his discussion of power chords. This time around, he explains the circle of 5ths and demonstrates some power chord progressions that illustrate this concept.Length: 33:18 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Mark teaches the 1st box of the minor pentatonic scale.Length: 32:31 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark explains how you can transpose the pentatonic pattern covered in lesson 20 to the key of A minor. He also shows the "lower extension box" and "home plate box."Length: 26:09 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark teaches the difference between straight eighth notes and the shuffle feel.Length: 42:33 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
In response to member requests, Mark added another amplification lesson to his growing phase 1 series. In this lesson, he compares 3 classes of amps from entry level models all the way to a Mesa Mark V.Length: 40:45 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
In this lesson, Mark teaches some blues licks that can be used when improvising over a 12 bar blues progression.Length: 24:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark covers the key of A minor.Length: 29:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Mark teaches two movable major chord forms and gives many examples of how to practice playing them.Length: 26:10 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark Brennan shows you how to apply the chord forms learned in lesson 26 to a I-IV-V progression.Length: 21:52 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark Brennan continues his teachings on movable chord forms. In this lesson he shows the dominant 7th chords and how to use them in a 12 bar blues progression.Length: 19:49 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Mark Brennan teaches these minor chord forms and how they are movable up and down the fretboard. He also shows how to use these chords in common progressions.Length: 21:29 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
About Mark Brennan
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Mark Brennan, born August 12th, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, began playing guitar at the age of 10. His first influences were from the Ventures and the British Invasion, especially the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Shortly afterwards he was playing in rock bands with his brother on drums, developing his ear by learning songs straight from records. Playing in a band became a passion.
In high school, he grew to love acoustic and classical guitar. He spent time playing acoustic music, influenced by The Eagles, CSN, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc. In the 70's, he headed a very popular Cleveland band, The Brennan-Cosma Band, which played a variety of acoustic and rock music, along with originals. He also took up classicalguitar, and began developing his fingerstyle technique.
Mark is a graduate of Cleveland State University (1980), with a Bachelor of Music in Classical guitar performance. He also studied Music Composition, and took many Music Education classes. After graduation, he began his private teaching career, teaching electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with music theory. He taught in various studios and guitar shops throughout his career, and currently has a private practice at his home in Fairview Park, Ohio.
In the 80's Mark took an affection to Progressive rock. With his band Polyphony, he was influenced by the music of Yes, Genesis, Kansas, ELP, Styx, along with a set of prog rock originals.
Currently, Mark is in the regionally successful Pink Floyd tribute band Wish You Were Here. The band performs faithful renderings of the Floyd classics spanning their entire catalog, along with a strong visual stage show. Here, Mark displays his command of the David Gilmour style.
Mark is excited to be part of JamPlay.com's fine roster of teachers. He's looking forward to extending his 35 years of performing and teaching experience to the JamPlay members. His philosophy is about developing a passion for guitar and being the best musician you can be; being true to yourself and developing a personal style, and truly expressing your heart through your music.
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