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Brendan Burns

The Yardbirds #1

In this first Style of Eric Clapton lesson, Brendan starts with the beginning of Eric's playing with a look at a tune from The Yardbirds. Here, you'll lay the framework of the blues structure and learn how Clapton tends to create solos and melodic ideas.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of Eric Clapton seriesLength: 47:25Difficulty: 3.0 of 5

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leebrown499leebrown499 replied

this is the reason I joined......little bit of solid theory, based around a well known track. Looking forward to playing with some of these ideas and nailing some cool sounding improv.

wwmcaniwwmcani replied

I think you are the best instructor on JamPlay. I am so glad it is you doing the Clapton series. I am still learning music theory. And this is a good distraction from learning all the notes and scales. I am taking my time here. Probably 1 week per lesson. Thanks for this series.

dangreenberg@normanhechtresearch.com[email protected] replied

I'm really enjoying this series. I especially appreciate your honesty and keeping your mistakes in. I think I'm learning as much from your mistakes as your great explanations. Please keep this going!

BazCBazC replied

Brilliant series Brendan, this lesson in particular has been a revelation! I'm now starting to put some structure into my solos instead of the blind noodling I've been producing previously. Thanks a lot!

konaboykonaboy replied

this was great, very helpful. One thing has me confused though, I am not familiar with the E and A shape barre chords with your thumb hanging over the top. All the lessons on this site seem to demonstrate one finger holding down all the string. Your "cheating" version is very interesting. Is there somewhere lesson here that goes through how to finger these, it's a bit difficult to see how you hold down the chords here.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

I'm not sure, but for those types of voicings, I've found it's really a personal choice how you finger them. I know a lot of guitarists that use these voicings and not all have the same fingering. What works best for you?

cdan52telecdan52tele replied

This is good a bit to much talking as I almost fell asleep watching with my guitar in my lap. Great for the beginner guitarist.

cgduffy3cpljdcgduffy3cpljd replied

Brendan - do you have a particular set of guitar strings that you prefer for blues work? I assume they're nines...

cgduffy3cpljdcgduffy3cpljd replied

Thanks! I look forward to your continuation of the Style of Eric Clapton series. I have gone back and replayed your Yardbirds lessons repeatedly and I learn new things every time. It's like being in a gold mine. There are nuggets everywhere. My uncle started teaching me guitar when I was 8. I'm 69 now and still learning. My wife says I should keep practicing. I'm bound to get better!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

To be honest, I don't remember what I was using when I filmed this. I bet you it was 9s because I was working on Clapton stuff (he uses really light gauge strings). Stevie Ray Vaughan was famous for playing with 13s. I'm currently using 10s. It's really a personal sound decision.

cgduffy3cpljdcgduffy3cpljd replied

Brendan - The Clapton series is great. I love Clapton's "turnarounds" - can you demonstrate some more of them? Thanks, cgduffy3cpljd

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

They will be coming more later in this series. The best thing to do is to learn them from his influences. As Clapton progresses past the Yardbrids, he starts to become a more sophisticated player and these types of turnarounds start to disappear. But take a look at Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters & Son House. All the answers are there!

elo001elo001 replied

Great series, but it appears that something happened to the backing tracks, they're suddenly in super low quality (both stream and download), they were fine a few days ago :(

elo001elo001 replied

nevermind, my headphones weren't properly plugged in... derp

george the 3edgeorge the 3ed replied

Brendan great lessons especially the turn around riff. Couple of questions in the last scene you refer to the 4th form ,it appears the you are playing a b pentonic scale, is that correct? Also the term "third" note is referred to for chords. What is the 3ed note, and how do I identify it. You sessions thus far have really ramped and amped up my guitar work.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

George, I'm not 100% sure what you mean about the "4th form." Do you the time-marker for that? The 3rd of the chord is the the "mi" in "Do, Mi, Sol," or the root, third & 5th of a major chord. This is foundational chord theory stuff. If this is new to you, I would recommend checking out some theory lessons here on JamPlay or doing a little research about how chords are constructed.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

In the end, it something you just hear. Knowing how the major 3rd & minor 3rd sound is great starting point as you are exploring chords, and improvising over them. I'm glad these lessons are helping. Putting this info together helped my playing a lot too.

george the 3edgeorge the 3ed replied

Thanks, I am now into your cycle of 5ths. Series to get a better foundation . Regards g

billyboy804billyboy804 replied

Now THIS is what Jamplay is all about! Great series, great instructors, great website! Whatcha doing next, Brandon?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

More Clapton!!!

GlenBGlenB replied

Great fun! Thanks for sharing.

T Russ BluesT Russ Blues replied

This stuff is so much fun to play around with. Great job Brendan!

feb52feb52 replied

Brendon, I like the series so far been playing since before the yardbirds arrived, mostly country and 50s now at 68 i'm getting into the blues. mow long before the next lesson? like what your doin.

fredz483fredz483 replied

This is great! I can't wait for the next lesson! Really awesome.

maxjubermaxjuber replied

"that was not so satisfactory..." -- what an awesome description of sucky! Love it. Also love your lesson. Very satisfactory. Looking forward to more. Awesome work jamplay and brendan

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

Yes, sometimes those "less than satisfactory" notes sneak in there. :)

maxjubermaxjuber replied

"that was not so satisfactory..." -- what an awesome description of sucky! Love it. Also love your lesson. Very satisfactory. Looking forward to more. Awesome work jamplay and brendan

mountainbikemountainbike replied

Great lesson Brendan. Thanks for breaking it down.

SodaPopSodaPop replied

did the video have a blip in the solo section?

wayne gilbertwayne gilbert replied

Burns lesson tied together good blues ideas. It helped me alot.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

Me too!

merrill123merrill123 replied

You had me at Clapton! Thanks Brendan and Jamplay for these lessons, looks to be fun and informative. ....sidenote: the first tab for Bang Bang when you go to the 5 chord B ....tab is correct but overhead notatation states B A/C# B, shouldn't this be B E6/B B for the 5 chord measure???? I apologize if I error, just testing myself. lol

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

You are totally right. That's my mistake.

merrill123merrill123 replied

no problem! ...your lesson was even better the second time thru!!

flyrerflyrer replied

Great Lesson!

dancerdancer replied

Not getting it because your not really showing me what you are doing

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

Let me know if you have any specific questions Dancer. I'll see if I can point you in the right direction.

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied

dancer, if you haven't yet, also check out the supplemental content that goes along with it. Everything that is being talked about and played is tabbed and in standard notation for you there. Please keep in mind, that as Brendan talks about in the series overview, this lesson series will assume that you have knowledge of basic blues forms including the minor pentatonic. If you're having trouble with these applications, definitely check out the blues genre lessons which will provide more information!

mitkomitko replied

Nice. Great tone by the way.

GondekGondek replied

After a few months working on guitar fundamental, at Jam Play, I think I can complete this series. Thanks!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

And look everyone! I have fret markers!!!

meganmegan replied

Brendan you make me laugh! Awesome.

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied

Good stuff, Bb! Love it.

Style of Eric Clapton

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brendan Burns delves in to the stylistic playing of Eric Clapton.

Series OverviewLesson 1

Series Overview

Introducing the style of Eric Clapton lesson series. In this series of lessons, Brendan Burns takes an arrangement based look at the life and growth of this prolific guitarist. Starting with the Yardbirds...

Length: 5:41 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
The Yardbirds #1Lesson 2

The Yardbirds #1

In this first Style of Eric Clapton lesson, Brendan starts with the beginning of Eric's playing with a look at a tune from The Yardbirds. Here, you'll lay the framework of the blues structure and learn...

Length: 47:25 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Yardbirds #2Lesson 3

The Yardbirds #2

Brendan introduces a fast blues and the Bo Diddley beat - important components of Clapton's playing in the Yardbirds. He ends the lesson by breaking down Clapton's early solo work.

Length: 17:23 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Yardbirds #3Lesson 4

The Yardbirds #3

In the third Yardbirds lesson, Brendan goes over another tune in the style of this group. He explores how Clapton approaches and structures guitar solos.

Length: 34:48 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Yardbirds #4Lesson 5

The Yardbirds #4

Brendan Burns is back with another "in the style of" tune from The Yardbirds. In this lesson, Brendan discusses how Clapton is now starting to incorporate rock elements into a traditional blues sound.

Length: 28:36 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Yardbirds #5Lesson 6

The Yardbirds #5

In the 5th lesson in The Yardbirds chunk of material, Brendan discusses the Rock elements that Clapton begins to add to his blues playing.

Length: 19:07 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
The Yardbirds #6Lesson 7

The Yardbirds #6

In this final lesson detailing Eric Clapton's history with the Yardbirds, Brendan discusses additional lead techniques. Specifically, he covers triplet and bending ideas that Clapton has started to employ...

Length: 21:08 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #1Lesson 8

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #1

Eric Clapton has now left the Yardbirds and is going back to his core as a solid traditional blues player. He hooks up with John Mayall and continues to add influence from artists like Son House. In this...

Length: 64:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #2Lesson 9

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #2

In this lesson of epic proportions, Brendan goes over a new "in the style of" tune that really shows off Clapton's true blues playing.

Length: 120:46 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #3Lesson 10

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #3

In lesson 10, Brendan continues to delve into Clapton's playing during his years with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. In this "style of" tune, he takes a look at how Freddie King influenced Clapton....

Length: 35:28 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #4Lesson 11

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #4

In the eleventh lesson of the Style of Eric Clapton series, Brendan discusses Otis Rush's influence on Clapton's playing. Again, he provides an "in the style of tune" that covers rhythmic, melodic, and...

Length: 28:49 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #5Lesson 12

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #5

In the fifth lesson covering Eric's playing with John Mayall, Brendan takes another look at a Robert Johnson inspired tune.

Length: 38:04 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #6Lesson 13

John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers #6

Brendan Burns is back with a final look at Eric Clapton's work with John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers. This lesson like the others covers an in the style of tune from this group. However in this tune,...

Length: 8:26 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Yardbirds and Bluesbreakers ReviewLesson 14

Yardbirds and Bluesbreakers Review

Brendan Burns returns to his Style of Eric Clapton lesson series with a review of what has been covered so far. This lesson takes a comprehensive look at all the styles and techniques in Clapton's playing...

Length: 98:55 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton:  Cream #1Lesson 15

Style of Eric Clapton: Cream #1

Brendan Burns has now moved the Style of Eric Clapton series forward in time, and he's bringing you the first lesson on Eric's years in Cream. Departing from a more traditional blues band, Cream is more...

Length: 26:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton:  Cream #2Lesson 16

Style of Eric Clapton: Cream #2

Brendan Burns is back and moves deeper into his Eric Clapton series. Lesson 16 starts focuses more on Cream and the pop/blues ideas that Eric Clapton was using at this time.

Length: 20:03 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton:  Cream #3Lesson 17

Style of Eric Clapton: Cream #3

Delving deeper into Eric Clapton's playing with Cream, Brendan Burns offers up a lesson on incorporating the wah pedal. As with the other lessons, you'll be taking a look at an "in the style of" tune while...

Length: 19:52 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton:  Cream #4Lesson 18

Style of Eric Clapton: Cream #4

Brendan is back with another pop rock style tune from Eric Clapton's playing in the band Cream.

Length: 17:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton:  Cream #5Lesson 19

Style of Eric Clapton: Cream #5

Brendan Burns is back with another style study on Eric Clapton. In this lesson, Brendan takes a look at the influences of George Harrison on Eric Clapton's playing with the band Cream.

Length: 49:21 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton:  Cream #6Lesson 20

Style of Eric Clapton: Cream #6

Brendan burns is back with the final installment in the Cream section of his style study on Eric Clapton. In this lesson, Brendan takes a look at long form solo ideas that Clapton was using in this period.

Length: 45:31 Difficulty: 3.5 Members Only
Style of Eric Clapton #21: Series Wrap-upLesson 21

Style of Eric Clapton #21: Series Wrap-up

Brendan provides a final look at the growth of Clapton through his early years. He provides some insight into Clapton's later years as a solo artist and provides some tips on getting the most from this...

Length: 5:23 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Brendan Burns

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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