Form 1 Tiny Triads (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Form 1 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Improv with Brendan seriesLength: 13:12Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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rockinannierockinannie replied on April 9th, 2016

It is really hard to see what his fingers are doing in the video and a fingering chart overlaying would have been very helpful. However, he is well spoken and the info is informative.

davedadragondavedadragon replied on February 16th, 2016

this is too good. I am super excited about this series

rip57rip57 replied on June 27th, 2014

Lesson#2 Is it important to memorize which inversion a triad is?

mbur4mbur4 replied on September 15th, 2011

Since playing a full barre chord is a struggle for me, I love these tiny triads. I hope to learn more of the fretboard besides the notes on the first five frets. I enjoy your clear explanations.

meganmegan replied on July 31st, 2011

And Brendan for me, it's coming back to all those watery ripples of sound. Great soul food to soothe the nerves after so much shrieking and creaking! Definitely you are cool.

marshall laneymarshall laney replied on June 30th, 2011

Hey just started on this one Brendon looks great I must say - I personally love playing 2 or 3 string chords - mostly power- this looks the right place to be...Oh & the Stones course too !

kimmokimmo replied on April 29th, 2011

Great !!!!!! You are making learning triads a piece of cake. My fretboard is now wide open.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on April 30th, 2011

So much to do with triads!

OlivierNOlivierN replied on April 9th, 2011

I cannot believe that after years of playing guitar, I eventually made the connection between triads and barre chords on my own some months ago... Now I find your great course, and am looking forward to seeing if I missed anything and anyway work with your tips! Anyhow, after browsing for the past couple of days on JamPlay and watch about 10 different teachers on various topics, you are #1 for me at this stage! Great explanations, nice guitar sound ... best in class!

jaysonjohnjaysonjohn replied on July 19th, 2010

Many Thanks, Brendan. These lessons will be perfect to expand my rythmn playing. I really enjoyed this and the way you explained it. Regards, Jayson

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 19th, 2010

That's great to hear Jayson. Stay tuned, there are more inversions to come.

downitburnsdownitburns replied on July 19th, 2010

This cleared CAGED up for me (especially inversions), thanks!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 19th, 2010

Excellent! That's great to hear!

Improv with Brendan

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

In his Theory and Improvisation series, Brendan Burns looks at triads, chord voicings and usage across the circle of fifths.



Lesson 1

Lesson Series Overview

Brendan Burns provides an overview of the topics that will be covered in his chord voicing lesson series.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Form 1 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Form 3 Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triads derived from the 3rd form of the CAGED system.

Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Form 2 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the 2nd form tiny triads.

Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Form 1 Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny minor triad shapes derived from the form 1 CAGED shape.

Length: 4:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Form 3 Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates the 3rd form minor triads from the CAGED system.

Length: 6:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Form 2 Minor Triads

Brendan burns demonstrates the 2nd form minor tiny triads.

Length: 20:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Augmented Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triad shapes for augmented chords.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Diminished Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the grips for the diminished tiny triads.

Length: 7:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Tiny Triads Wrap-Up

Now that you've gone through all the tiny triad lessons, Brendan offers some closing statements and insights that will help you with incorporating them into your playing.

Length: 2:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

More Tiny Triads

Brendan takes a more in depth look at extensions that can be added to the tiny triad forms.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

6th Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the addition of the 6th extension to the tiny triad forms.

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Minor Triad Extensions

In lesson 13, Brendan covers the extensions for the minor form tiny triads.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sus 4 Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the Sus 4 forms for the tiny triads.

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Tiny Triads Review

To get you setup to start learning more tiny triads, Brendan talks about what he'll be covering next and provides a review of the previous material.

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

More Major Triads

Brendan Burns takes a look at extensions that can be added to major triads.

Length: 16:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Major Triad 6ths

Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to add the 6th extension to your major triads.

Length: 11:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

More Minor Triads

Brendan takes a look at the extensions and embellishments that can be added to the minor tiny triads.

Length: 22:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Unstable Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses the unstable or "ambiguous" triads that result from altering the 3rd.

Length: 19:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Spread Voiced Major Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses how to utilize spread voiced triads in your playing. In the first lesson of this mini-series, he discusses major spread voicings.

Length: 19:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Spread Voiced Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates spread voicings of minor triads.

Length: 14:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Triadic Improvisation #1

The first lesson in Brendan's triadic improvisation lesson series covers the major triads and the combinations of their extensions.

Length: 24:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Triadic Improvisation #2

Continuing on with triadic improvisation techniques, Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to utilize the minor triads.

Length: 27:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Harmonic and Melodic Substitutions

Brendan demonstrates and discusses how various tiny triads can be applied to bass notes to imply larger, more complex chords. He also explains how these concepts can be used in a melodic context.

Length: 18:26 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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