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. (Less)
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The basics of the basics. Join Brendan for his 5 part series designed to get you started down the road of playing guitar!
Lesson 1
In his first beginning guitar lesson, Brendan draws on his vast teaching experience and...
Length: 22:18Lesson 2
Brendan continues his introductory series for guitar, adding more chords, melodic exercises...
Length: 10:45Lesson 3
Brendan continues his Introductory Guitar series with three new chords, a challenging...
Length: 16:21Lesson 4
In week number 4, Brendan shows you his chord transition strategy and introduces the major...
Length: 16:34Lesson 5
In the final lesson of this series, Brendan sends you on your way with some great tools:...
Length: 14:25In his Theory and Improvisation series, Brendan Burns looks at triads, chord voicings and usage across the circle of fifths.
Lesson 1
Brendan Burns provides an overview of the topics that will be covered in his chord voicing...
Length: 4:17Lesson 2
Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.
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Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triads derived from the 3rd form of the CAGED system.
Length: 12:51Lesson 5
Brendan demonstrates the tiny minor triad shapes derived from the form 1 CAGED shape.
Length: 4:41Lesson 6
Brendan demonstrates the 3rd form minor triads from the CAGED system.
Length: 6:09Lesson 7
Brendan burns demonstrates the 2nd form minor tiny triads.
Length: 20:21Lesson 8
Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triad shapes for augmented chords.
Length: 6:30Lesson 9
Brendan Burns demonstrates the grips for the diminished tiny triads.
Length: 7:35Lesson 10
Now that you've gone through all the tiny triad lessons, Brendan offers some closing statements...
Length: 2:00Lesson 11
Brendan takes a more in depth look at extensions that can be added to the tiny triad forms.
Length: 12:07Lesson 12
Brendan demonstrates the addition of the 6th extension to the tiny triad forms.
Length: 7:54Lesson 13
In lesson 13, Brendan covers the extensions for the minor form tiny triads.
Length: 13:24Lesson 14
Brendan Burns demonstrates the Sus 4 forms for the tiny triads.
Length: 6:13Lesson 15
To get you setup to start learning more tiny triads, Brendan talks about what he'll be...
Length: 5:45Lesson 16
Brendan Burns takes a look at extensions that can be added to major triads.
Length: 16:47Lesson 17
Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to add the 6th extension to your major triads.
Length: 11:36Lesson 18
Brendan takes a look at the extensions and embellishments that can be added to the minor...
Length: 22:51Lesson 19
Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses the unstable or "ambiguous" triads that result...
Length: 19:48Lesson 20
Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses how to utilize spread voiced triads in your playing....
Length: 19:37Lesson 21
Brendan demonstrates spread voicings of minor triads.
Length: 14:15Lesson 22
The first lesson in Brendan's triadic improvisation lesson series covers the major triads...
Length: 24:51Lesson 23
Continuing on with triadic improvisation techniques, Brendan discusses and demonstrates...
Length: 27:22Lesson 24
Brendan demonstrates and discusses how various tiny triads can be applied to bass notes...
Length: 18:26Focusing on different forms of picking and playing can steal your chops away from your rhythm playing. Brendan Burns offers up a 6 week coarse on rebuilding your rhythm chops that focuses on training necessary muscle groups and getting back into tempo.
Lesson 1
Brendan Burns offers up the first exorcise of a six week program dedicated to rebuilding...
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In week two of his six week rhythm building program, Brendan goes over an exercise that...
Length: 6:53Lesson 3
Brendan is back with the 3rd and 4th week exercise to workout your rhythm playing.
Length: 11:25Lesson 4
In week five of his six week rhythm workout, Brendan provides an exercise that breaks...
Length: 6:48Lesson 5
Brendan Burns offers up the final exercise of his six week rhythm workout.
Length: 7:12Lesson 6
Brendan Burns starts off a short lesson set on how to count compound meters. He starts...
Length: 13:07Lesson 7
Now that you've mastered 5/8 time, Brendan provides a lesson on counting 7/8.
Length: 6:42Lesson 8
Brendan Burns demonstrates how to count 11/8 time.
Length: 6:24Lesson 9
Now that you have counting under your belt, it's time to actually play some compound meters.
Length: 9:38Lesson 10
In lesson 10 of his rhythm series, Brendan teaches playing examples of the previous time...
Length: 18:01Lesson 11
Brendan discusses how using bass lines can enhance your playing and allow for more creative...
Length: 15:20Lesson 12
In the second bass lines lesson, Brendan discusses arpeggios and bass lines for all types...
Length: 29:58Lesson 13
Brendan Burns returns with a more intermediate look at bass lines for guitarists. In this...
Length: 14:25Lesson 14
Brendan returns with another look at bass lines for guitarists. Building on the previous...
Length: 10:29Lesson 15
Brendan returns to his Rhythm Guitar series with another look at bass lines for guitarists....
Length: 9:44Lesson 16
Brendan takes us back to basics in this series by helping us understand and internalize...
Length: 14:51Lesson 17
In lesson two of Understanding Subdivisions, Brendan takes a look at 8th note "over the...
Length: 28:28Lesson 18
Brendan takes us deeper into understanding subdivisions by looking at 16th note subdivisions...
Length: 21:19Lesson 19
Brendan wraps up this series with a look at some crazy sixteenth note, over the bar line...
Length: 13:33Brendan Burns covers tips for rapid chord changing and economy of motion.
Lesson 1
Brendan Burns explains how pivot fingers can be used to achieve smoother, quicker chord...
Length: 9:04Lesson 2
Brendan Burns discusses a "battle plan" for performing chord changes. The battle plan...
Length: 8:16Lesson 3
Brendan explains how rhythmic consistency with the right hand must be maintained in order...
Length: 9:27Lesson 4
Brendan Burns explains how "staggering" your strums can assist in performing chord changes.
Length: 8:08Lesson 5
Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to connect chord voicings together.
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Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses ways to connect dominant 7th chord voicings.
Length: 10:35Lesson 7
Brendan Burns demonstrates connecting chords for both the 6th string and 5th string minor...
Length: 13:15Lesson 8
Brendan Burns discusses the major 7th chord voicings and ways to connect them.
Length: 13:15Lesson 9
The last chord voicing in the connecting chords series is the minor 7th flat 5. Brendan...
Length: 7:52Lesson 10
Brendan answers some frequently asked questions about his Kline guitar.
Length: 6:31Lesson 11
Brendan Burns discusses ways to get the most out of every practice minute you spend with...
Length: 22:28Lesson 12
Get ready for the wild and weird! In this two part series, Brendan shows us how to achieve...
Length: 25:27Lesson 13
Brendan wraps up this short series by showing us some practical applications for the prepared...
Length: 17:24Lesson 14
In part one of this mini-series, Brendan shows you everything you need to know about producing...
Length: 23:39Lesson 15
Brendan shows us how to play the simple tune of "Amazing Grace" using only harmonics....
Length: 9:43Lesson 16
Brendan continues in his harmonics series by showing us how to bend harmonic notes behind...
Length: 35:39Lesson 17
Brendan wraps up his harmonics series by showing two really awesome techniques: tap harmonics...
Length: 14:24Lesson 18
Brendan expands on a topic he shared with us a while back: practice strategies. Learn...
Length: 26:57Brendan Burns talks about the circle of fifths, intervals and more to help you in your playing.
Lesson 1
Brendan Burns explains the circle of fifths and how to navigate it on the neck of the...
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Brendan Burns demonstrates an exercise that will help you locate and play octaves on the...
Length: 12:35Lesson 3
Brendan Burns focuses on the fifth interval in chapter two of the interval workout.
Length: 6:58Lesson 4
In the third interval workout chapter, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the perfect...
Length: 6:30Lesson 5
In chapter four of his interval workout series, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the...
Length: 3:43Lesson 6
In chapter five of his interval workout, Brendan demonstrates the minor third intervals.
Length: 4:10Lesson 8
Brendan Burns demonstrates the major second intervals.
Length: 3:02Lesson 9
Brendan Burns demonstrates the minor second intervals.
Length: 2:42Lesson 10
Brendan Burns demonstrates the major sixth intervals.
Length: 3:15Lesson 11
Brendan Burns demonstrates the minor sixth intervals.
Length: 2:54Lesson 12
Brendan Burns demonstrates the major seventh intervals.
Length: 2:26Lesson 13
The final interval workout from Brendan Burns features the flat seventh or minor seventh...
Length: 4:46Lesson 14
Brendan returns to show us how to navigate modes on the guitar using one string up and...
Length: 29:45Lesson 15
Brendan continues his navigation series by showing us how to play the modes on two strings.
Length: 23:33Lesson 16
Brendan wraps up his Modal Navigation mini-series by showing us how to play the modes...
Length: 37:14Lesson 17
Brendan teaches us how to improve our improvisation using just the major pentatonic scale.
Length: 27:31Lesson 18
Brendan continues in the Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation series by showing us some exercises...
Length: 11:30Lesson 19
Brendan wraps up his Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation series by showing us how it all...
Length: 16:00Lesson 20
In this new mini-series, Brendan shows us various chromatic ways to approach triads on...
Length: 20:23Lesson 21
Next up in Brendan's mini-series, Chromatic Approaches for Triads, he shows us approaches...
Length: 14:59Lesson 22
Brendan demonstrates the next chromatic approach in the series: one chromatic note below...
Length: 15:37Lesson 23
Brendan concludes the first half of the Chromatic Approaches to Triads series by reviewing...
Length: 13:57Lesson 24
In the second half of Brendan's series, he looks at double chromatic approaches to the...
Length: 17:02Lesson 25
Brendan continues to explore the cool sounds of chromatic approaches. Here, he looks at...
Length: 15:46Lesson 26
Brendan continues in his Chromatic Approaches series by showing us the double approaches...
Length: 19:51Lesson 27
Brendan concludes this mini-series with a look at the last set of chromatic approaches:...
Length: 17:37Brendan Burns breaks down jazz styling and chord voicings for lead ideas and comping.
Lesson 1
Brendan Burns discusses drop two voicings. Then, he explains how to explain dominant...
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Brendan Burns discusses the minor 7th chord voicings on strings 4, 3, 2, and 1. To form...
Length: 15:07Lesson 3
Brendan adds to his jazz chord voicings series with a discussion of major 7th chords.
Length: 24:32Lesson 4
In the final installment of his Jazz Chord Voicings series, Brendan discusses and demonstrates...
Length: 12:54Brendan teaches a series of lessons designed for the rock player to get their heads and fingers around playing in a jazz blues style.
Lesson 1
In lesson two of his Jazz Blues for Rock Players series, Brendan discusses common chord...
Length: 9:01Lesson 2
Stepping away from rhythm for a moment, it's time to start looking at the roll of melody...
Length: 12:03Lesson 3
Lesson four of his Jazz Blues for Rock Players series is all about the Flat 7. Brendan...
Length: 10:11Lesson 4
Lesson five in this series builds on the concepts taught in the last lesson and looks...
Length: 7:20Lesson 5
Continuing with the theme of the chord progression change, it's time to start thinking...
Length: 8:31Lesson 6
Continuing with his lesson series, Brendan is transitioning to approach tones. To get...
Length: 6:21Lesson 7
Adding more tools to our Jazz Blues arsenal, it's time to start thinking in chromatics....
Length: 6:21Lesson 8
It's time to introduce yet another jazz chord variant to our standard 12 barre blues....
Length: 6:19Lesson 9
Now that we've added a new chord to the 12 barre progression, we need to be able to improvise...
Length: 10:45In this "In the Style of" series, Brendan Burns discusses and demonstrates the stylistic traits of the iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix
Lesson 1
Brendan discusses how Jimi Hendrix used muting and slides in his playing.
Length: 12:45Lesson 2
Brendan Burns discusses and demonstrates how Jimi Hendrix used trills in his playing.
Length: 4:25Lesson 3
Brendan Burns discusses Jimi Hendrix's use of power chords and chromatics in his playing.
Length: 9:03Lesson 4
Learn how Jimi Hendrix used unison bends and octaves in his playing.
Length: 12:26Lesson 5
Brendan Burns explains how Hendrix used the major and minor pentatonic scales to add lead...
Length: 17:36Lesson 6
Brendan Burns discusses how Hendrix comped his rhythmic sequences.
Length: 4:43Lesson 7
In the final lesson of the Hendrix series, Brendan discusses some of the chord voicings...
View This Full Lesson!Brendan Burns takes an in-depth look at the guitar styling of legendary rock band The Rolling Stones. Specifically, Brendan breaks down the techniques and conceptual ideas in Keith Richard' and Mick Taylor's playing.
Lesson 1
Brendan Burns discusses how open G tuning and chordal embellishments are key components...
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Brendan explains some Stones-eque chord progressions that utilize the open G chord shapes...
Length: 21:13Lesson 3
Brendan Burns begins to discuss the rhythmic tendencies that occur in The Rolling Stones'...
Length: 11:42Lesson 4
Brendan Burns discusses how The Rolling Stones incorporate blues elements into their songwriting...
Length: 25:25Lesson 5
Brendan Burns discusses the use of open chords and their embellishments in The Rolling...
Length: 42:22Lesson 6
Brendan Burns discusses how The Rolling Stones borrowed ideas from players such as Chuck...
Length: 14:55Lesson 7
Brendan discusses how The Rolling Stones utilize the minor pentatonic forms in their lead...
Length: 25:55Lesson 8
Brendan Burns demonstrates how The Rolling Stones use the major pentatonic scales in their...
Length: 26:53Lesson 9
Brendan Burns takes an in-depth look at the bending techniques used by The Rolling Stones'...
Length: 41:04Lesson 10
Brendan Burns finishes up his look at The Rolling Stones' bending concepts with a lesson...
Length: 14:21Lesson 11
Brendan Burns demonstrates The Rolling Stones' use of diatonic third and sixth intervals...
Length: 17:18Lesson 12
Brendan Burns wraps up his style of The Rolling Stones series with a discussion about...
Length: 13:36Brendan Burns delves in to the stylistic playing of Eric Clapton.
Lesson 1
Introducing the style of Eric Clapton lesson series. In this series of lessons, Brendan...
Length: 5:41Lesson 2
In this first Style of Eric Clapton lesson, Brendan starts with the beginning of Eric's...
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Brendan introduces a fast blues and the Bo Diddley beat - important components of Clapton's...
Length: 17:23Lesson 4
In the third Yardbirds lesson, Brendan goes over another tune in the style of this group....
Length: 34:48Lesson 5
Brendan Burns is back with another "in the style of" tune from The Yardbirds. In this...
Length: 28:36Lesson 6
In the 5th lesson in The Yardbirds chunk of material, Brendan discusses the Rock elements...
Length: 19:07Lesson 7
In this final lesson detailing Eric Clapton's history with the Yardbirds, Brendan discusses...
Length: 21:08Lesson 8
Eric Clapton has now left the Yardbirds and is going back to his core as a solid traditional...
Length: 64:04Lesson 9
In this lesson of epic proportions, Brendan goes over a new "in the style of" tune that...
Length: 120:46Lesson 10
In lesson 10, Brendan continues to delve into Clapton's playing during his years with...
Length: 35:28Lesson 11
In the eleventh lesson of the Style of Eric Clapton series, Brendan discusses Otis Rush's...
Length: 28:49Lesson 12
In the fifth lesson covering Eric's playing with John Mayall, Brendan takes another look...
Length: 38:04Lesson 13
Brendan Burns is back with a final look at Eric Clapton's work with John Mayall and the...
Length: 8:26Lesson 14
Brendan Burns returns to his Style of Eric Clapton lesson series with a review of what...
Length: 98:55Lesson 15
Brendan Burns has now moved the Style of Eric Clapton series forward in time, and he's...
Length: 26:02Lesson 16
Brendan Burns is back and moves deeper into his Eric Clapton series. Lesson 16 starts...
Length: 20:03Lesson 17
Delving deeper into Eric Clapton's playing with Cream, Brendan Burns offers up a lesson...
Length: 19:52Lesson 18
Brendan is back with another pop rock style tune from Eric Clapton's playing in the band...
Length: 17:39Lesson 19
Brendan Burns is back with another style study on Eric Clapton. In this lesson, Brendan...
Length: 49:21Lesson 20
Brendan burns is back with the final installment in the Cream section of his style study...
Length: 45:31Lesson 21
Brendan provides a final look at the growth of Clapton through his early years. He provides...
Length: 5:23Brendan 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
Brendan shows us some of Dave Matthews' unique chord voicings and why they are so important...
Length: 33:42Lesson 2
Brendan wraps up his series in the style of Dave Matthews by showing us one of Dave's...
Length: 12:10Brendan Burns breaks down the style of this iconic rock band.
Lesson 1
It's time for another look at a legendary rock band! In this new lesson series from Brendan...
Length: 2:41Lesson 2
To get started with the teaching portion of this lesson series, Brendan discusses and...
Length: 9:23Lesson 3
In lesson three of his Style of AC/DC series, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the basic...
Length: 10:34Lesson 4
In part two of the rhythm section for AC/DC, Brendan is discussing the sue of anticipations...
Length: 4:27Lesson 5
In the third part of his look at AC/DC's rhythm playing, Brendan discusses more uses of...
Length: 6:09Lesson 6
Now moving on to a new aspect of AC/DC's rhythm tendencies, Brendan discusses basic 3-3-2...
Length: 10:09Lesson 7
In the last lesson, Brendan opened up the idea of a 3-3-2 rhythm and talked about doubling...
Length: 4:40Lesson 8
Brendan Burns is back with an expanding look on the use of 3-3-2 rhythmic divisions from...
Length: 7:25Lesson 9
In the last several lessons Brendan has been discussing anticipations as part of AC/DC...
Length: 9:43Lesson 10
In lesson 10 of the Style of AC/DC series, Brendan talks about putting all the rhythmic...
Length: 7:13Lesson 11
Brendan is back and he's still delving in to the immense beast that is the rhythm tendencies...
Length: 9:41Lesson 12
In lesson 12 of his look at AC/DC Brendan is covering the last aspect of rhythm playing...
Length: 9:39Lesson 13
Still working out exercises that involve no playing on the one, Brendan is now taking...
Length: 6:56Lesson 14
Lesson 14 culminates the rhythm section of the AC/DC workshop. In this lesson Brendan...
Length: 6:56Lesson 15
Now that you've got a great understanding of the rhythmic foundation used in AC/DC's music,...
Length: 13:43Lesson 16
Brendan Burns is back with another look at soloing and lead in the style of AC/DC. In...
Length: 18:38Lesson 17
Brendan returns with another style of solo based off an iconic AC/DC tune. As with the...
Length: 13:06Lesson 18
Moving along in the lead section of this series, Brendan uses the solo you learned in...
Length: 5:47Lesson 19
Once again, Brendan is back with another in the style solo inspired by Angus Young's playing....
Length: 9:08Lesson 20
This lesson takes a look at the rhythmic concepts used in the previous lesson. You'll...
Length: 9:02Lesson 21
Over the past couple of lessons you have been looking at solo ideas that were short and...
Length: 14:00Lesson 22
Lesson 22 is all about getting the ideas and concepts from lesson 21 in your head and...
Length: 13:53Lesson 23
Once again we are looking at a new solo in the style of Angus Young's playing. Not only...
Length: 18:02Lesson 24
It's once again time to take a look at how to get the concepts and techniques demonstrated...
Length: 10:24Lesson 25
Lesson 25 marks the winding down of the Style of AC/DC lesson series. Over the past 10...
Length: 11:22Lesson 26
Lesson 26 in Brendan's Style of AC/DC lesson series covers the second half of the AC/DC...
Length: 10:16Lesson 27
Here we are at the end. Like the previous lessons in the lead section of this series,...
Length: 17:49
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