Unison Bends & Octaves (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Unison Bends & Octaves

Learn how Jimi Hendrix used unison bends and octaves in his playing.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of Jimi Hendrix seriesLength: 12:26Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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AdrielAdriel replied on August 12th, 2014

Really useful for the intro to Highway Chile. How about the tab to that tune? :D

thegent85thegent85 replied on June 23rd, 2011

how about some licks next time

msmitty0407msmitty0407 replied on February 24th, 2011

this guy needs to do this with a strat

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on February 25th, 2011

The "Strat" was a big part of Hendrix's sound

MatEvanzMatEvanz replied on October 25th, 2010

I hear the opening to Red House.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 21st, 2010

Marshall, There are plenty of amazing guitarists with small hands/fingers. Check out Johnny Hiland on YouTube - He makes his fingers fly! Regardless of the fingers, any musician who is playing amazing is usually doing it effortlessly. Focus on what you can do to get that type energy into your playing. Fingers are really only a small part of the picture.

marshall laneymarshall laney replied on September 21st, 2010

Very intersting & informative series Brendan thankyou , I hope to see more of them.What do people like me do if you have really small hands & fingers though.I swear when I see Jimi Hendrix & Johnny Winter I'm certain they must have come from another planet...of long fingered Guitar players LOL.

Style of Jimi Hendrix

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In this "In the Style of" series, Brendan Burns discusses and demonstrates the stylistic traits of the iconic guitarist Jimi Hendrix



Lesson 1

Muting and Slides

Brendan discusses how Jimi Hendrix used muting and slides in his playing.

Length: 12:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Trills

Brendan Burns discusses and demonstrates how Jimi Hendrix used trills in his playing.

Length: 4:25 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Power Chords and Chromatics

Brendan Burns discusses Jimi Hendrix's use of power chords and chromatics in his playing.

Length: 9:03 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Unison Bends & Octaves

Learn how Jimi Hendrix used unison bends and octaves in his playing.

Length: 12:26 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Pentatonics

Brendan Burns explains how Hendrix used the major and minor pentatonic scales to add lead fills to his rhythm playing.

Length: 17:36 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Hendrix Comping Formula

Brendan Burns discusses how Hendrix comped his rhythmic sequences.

Length: 4:43 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Hendrix Chords

In the final lesson of the Hendrix series, Brendan discusses some of the chord voicings that Jimi Hendrix liked to use.

Length: 7:36 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE

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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