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Brendan Burns

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.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of The Rolling Stones seriesLength: 14:55Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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scottmccarrascottmccarra replied on August 26th, 2013

Love the Su tones series! Can never get too much of it. Gimme more!!!

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wjkellerwjkeller replied on December 8th, 2012

Needing more help and practice with the 3-3-2 grouping of 8th notes. Suggestions for additional resources?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on December 8th, 2012

I think I talk about 3-3-2 in a rhythm exercise here on JamPlay.... Maybe something about odd time signatures? Either way, it will help you with the idea of 3's & 2's, and that's where the secret lies.

wjkellerwjkeller replied on December 9th, 2012

Thank you for the guidance. Very helpful and much appreciated. Always need to spend more time on rhytm basics. Truly enjoying your series on the style of The Rolling Stones. Well done.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on December 10th, 2012

I love that series too!

woodybangwoodybang replied on July 22nd, 2011

These lessons are brilliant, and fun. I recently finished Keith's book which gives me added appreciation for Brendan's teaching. Thanks.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on July 7th, 2011

Brendan will be sending the supplemental content for this shortly. I'll post it as soon as I get it!

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on July 8th, 2011

Supplemental Content is posted.

rab13rab13 replied on July 8th, 2011

Thanks Brendan!

robabrobab replied on July 7th, 2011

Hail! Hail! Rock N Roll!! Great movie and it shows how much of an influence Chuck Berry was to Keith Richards.

Nick.KellieNick.Kellie replied on July 7th, 2011

great lesson! the thumbnail made me LOL

mattbrownmattbrown replied on July 7th, 2011

yeah!...haha...I want to photoshop out Brendan's left index finger and make it into a poster.

saulthomsaulthom replied on July 7th, 2011

Cool guitar

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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