Blues Aspects (Guitar Lesson)

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Brendan Burns

Blues Aspects

Brendan Burns discusses how The Rolling Stones incorporate blues elements into their songwriting and guitar playing.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of The Rolling Stones seriesLength: 25:25Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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chris grantchris grant replied on May 6th, 2014

Really enjoying this series Brandon. Any chance the supplemental materials exist as guitar pro files?

watchhillianwatchhillian replied on May 21st, 2012

A meaty lesson. I'm a Delta Blues fan; call and response possibilites are as endless as I care to make them off all three root strings. To me, the IV, I and Flat 7, IV, I on Bar 8 are turnarounds, so cool. Ditto on the .gpx files. Thanks!

arturovegaarturovega replied on March 26th, 2012


Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on March 27th, 2012

You got it! So many riffs come from these ideas

arturovegaarturovega replied on March 24th, 2012

Wow, I can't believe that the main riff to SATISFACTION is the root note, the second, and the flattened third...

ikerrrikerrr replied on November 19th, 2011

no keith richards here so finding what the supplemental lesson that goes with the playing sucks! so happens i think the sound is awesome but the layout .time i think got right lesson its over.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on November 19th, 2011

I really don't understand this comment. Can you clarify IKERR?

panama400panama400 replied on July 2nd, 2011

Please keep the .gpx files comming. Thats awsome

robabrobab replied on July 1st, 2011

Brendan, great lesson! Love all the little riffs that you can get out from those positions. Led Zeppelin's song "Rock n Roll" also uses those riffs. Do those riffs come out from the pentatonic/blues scale? Can you explain in the future what positions of the pentatonic the licks are coming from? Once again, thank you for another great lesson.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 1st, 2011

You are totally right - "Rock n' Roll" by Zepp lives off of those ideas. For this type of playing, I don't think of "positions." It's really more alterations to the chord tones: b3, b7, 6th, etc. This way, we can think about it from a more harmonic function and wiggle around the same way with other chords in other keys.

roy944roy944 replied on June 28th, 2011

These are really fun! Thanks Brendan

marshall laneymarshall laney replied on June 28th, 2011

Just great Brendan absolutely loved it, especially the "hip shake" riff - you know what I'm doing for the rest of the day don't you ? ML

Style of The Rolling Stones

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

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

Keith Richards-ism

Brendan Burns discusses how open G tuning and chordal embellishments are key components of Keith Richards' guitar sound.

Length: 23:00 Difficulty: 2.0 FREE
Lesson 2


Brendan explains some Stones-eque chord progressions that utilize the open G chord shapes from the previous lesson. He also introduces the concept of secondary dominant chords.

Length: 21:13 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 3


Brendan Burns begins to discuss the rhythmic tendencies that occur in The Rolling Stones' playing. Specifically, he demonstrates and discusses the use of anticipations.

Length: 11:42 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Blues Aspects

Brendan Burns discusses how The Rolling Stones incorporate blues elements into their songwriting and guitar playing.

Length: 25:25 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 5

Open Chord Embellishments

Brendan Burns discusses the use of open chords and their embellishments in The Rolling Stones' playing.

Length: 42:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Lead Ideas

Brendan Burns discusses how The Rolling Stones borrowed ideas from players such as Chuck Berry to create their own unique lead guitar ideas.

Length: 14:55 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Minor Pentatonic Concepts

Brendan discusses how The Rolling Stones utilize the minor pentatonic forms in their lead playing.

Length: 25:55 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Major Pentatonic Ideas

Brendan Burns demonstrates how The Rolling Stones use the major pentatonic scales in their playing.

Length: 26:53 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Bending Concepts

Brendan Burns takes an in-depth look at the bending techniques used by The Rolling Stones' guitarists.

Length: 41:04 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 10

Minor Chord Bending

Brendan Burns finishes up his look at The Rolling Stones' bending concepts with a lesson on bending minor chords.

Length: 14:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Intervals and Oblique Counterpoint

Brendan Burns demonstrates The Rolling Stones' use of diatonic third and sixth intervals as well as oblique counterpoint in their lead ideas.

Length: 17:18 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

Putting It Together

Brendan Burns wraps up his style of The Rolling Stones series with a discussion about how to add all of the lead elements together.

Length: 13:36 Difficulty: 2.0 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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