Open Chord Embellishments (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Open Chord Embellishments

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of The Rolling Stones seriesLength: 42:22Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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wspeakewspeake replied on April 25th, 2012

Great lessons, but I find your guitar very difficult to see where your fingers are without fret markers. I spend way more time stopping and starting trying to figure out what notes you are talking about. Can get frustrating.

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

Yeah, I get that a lot: from video lessons, and also with private students. If anything, after a while it can help you rely on your ears, but yes it's difficult. Hang in there!

mountainbikemountainbike replied on February 12th, 2012

Great Job Brendan enjoying this one as much as your Hendrix lesson. What are you useing to loop and put the drum track down with?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on February 12th, 2012

Thanks. It's just a basic loopstation by boss. I think it was the RC-20XL. Now I'm using the smaller RC-2.

erikschaeperserikschaepers replied on February 1st, 2012

Brendan, when you play those lovely G embellishments it also reminds so much of Wish you were here. Obviously not a Stones song, I know :-)

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on February 1st, 2012

Totally!!!!

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on July 12th, 2011

Hi Brendan, thank you so much for this lesson set. I grew up with the Stones and I still love them today. Your explanations are crystal clear and your enthusiasm is infectious. They picked the right man to disect the Stones. I look forward to the remaining lessons. It's just a pity the publisher fascists have an embargo on the Stones songs, I know you are just itching to let rip. Keep up the good work and keep on rockin' Jim

jimgarveyjimgarvey replied on July 12th, 2011

Ps, forgot to mention, I hear David Bowie's "Jean Genie" in there among those embellishments. Jim

marshall laneymarshall laney replied on July 6th, 2011

Hi Brendan , loved the lesson - as always but I have a question about the "companion" sheet that you refer to with the progressions to practice with. Where is it ? I only see Stones song tabs & chord diagrams in the Supplemental Content. Thanks & keep em coming ! ML

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 7th, 2011

Oops! That's my bad. I'll send that over to Jason today. It will be up soon.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 8th, 2011

It's up!

eandy5000eandy5000 replied on July 7th, 2011

I am a really big fan of this lesson set. I like that Brendan explains what is happening and how it all fits together. Explaining chord progressions and the scale intervals and how they are used is a great help. Understanding the concept versus just knowing the fingering makes all the difference when it comes to integrating the lesson into my playing. I also really appreciate the time Brendan took to really break down the Stones and all the aspects of their style.

Style of The Rolling Stones

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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

Mobility

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

Anticipations

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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