Major Pentatonic Ideas (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Major Pentatonic Ideas

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

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of The Rolling Stones seriesLength: 26:53Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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maxjubermaxjuber replied on July 14th, 2011

brendan, your rolling stones lessons are worth the price of Jamplay alone. Congratulations, all the hard work really paid off. So far each lessons has been intelligent, pack with info, and above all, liberating. I can already see how these lessons will help me continue to develop my own style, rather than just learn how to play rolling stones songs. Much thanks, keep it up.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 14th, 2011

Thanks Max. It's all about connecting to the music that you are passionate about. Truth be told, I had forgotten how much I loved the stones until I put together this lesson set. I think we are getting very close to the end of this series. I might have a full beard by then!

VanCanVanCan replied on July 11th, 2011

Appreciating this comment may sound like it's coming from a beginner - which I'm not - using a guitar that has dot markers on the frets would make following your lesson so much visually easier for most folks. Like me, who owns two Steinbergers!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 14th, 2011

Yeah - I hear you. I have trouble even watching myself play it. If it's of any condolence it "forces" us all to hear a little bit more of what's happening as our visual system is impaired.

eandy5000eandy5000 replied on July 11th, 2011

I have a question about the 2nd chord progression and why it works with E pent major. E-Bm-C#m would be I-v-vi. It sound to me like the minor v only works as it transitions to the vi.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 12th, 2011

That B is a major chord. Not sure if I called it minor on video (sorry if I did). This chord progression is based off of "Beast Of Burden."

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on July 11th, 2011

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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

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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