The Yardbirds #2 (Guitar Lesson)

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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.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of Eric Clapton seriesLength: 17:23Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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Sentosa285Sentosa285 replied

Curious how ending on a Bb works. Does this relate to when you said it isn't meant to resolve. You show it a couple of time (see 4:37). Are you just resolving to the minor 3rd instead of the G?

juliancbyrdjuliancbyrd replied

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Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

It's actually a little bit of both. It's inspired by Clapton's playing in the Yardbirds, but it's very general blues idea.

juliancbyrdjuliancbyrd replied

thanks. I find I learn faster if I can learn the ideas in a song. can you suggest a Clapton/yard birds song that would help me with that?

juliancbyrdjuliancbyrd replied

honey in your hips guess I need to pay more attention! but was Clapton on that record. not that it is not worth learning if Beck was on guitar! thanks Brendon I like this approach. liked the Stones one too.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

The big trick with this lesson series was to teaching and distill the "style" of Clapton without going into specific songs or transcriptions. All these tunes are based on approaches and devices that Clapton has used. He did the same thing with his teachers - he studied the blues greats and boiled it down to what made sense to him. I'm glad you are enjoying the series.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

I would suggest trying starting with their "Greatest Hits" catalog. That's a good resource for getting an idea of their sound and they are all pretty easy to tackle. Good luck!

juliancbyrdjuliancbyrd replied

when you going to tackle Cream and my favorite album Layla?

juliancbyrdjuliancbyrd replied

Is this form one song or just general that is used in other songs?

3deeder3deeder replied

Brendan channeling Clapton....

emilios1995emilios1995 replied

the downloadable backing track should have those final drums without the chords

wayne gilbertwayne gilbert replied

Im enjoying this whole series,thanks

blueskiblueski replied

Great Lesson, is it possible to put a few clicks at the beginning of the backing track? By the time I click the mouse to start I'm behind on the rhythm. Thanks

merrill123merrill123 replied

blueski ....count in would be nice for 1 time thru, ... but it might get in the way for those who want to download the track and put on continuous play/loop mode on their player to keep the progression going to practice over.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

Yeah, I ran into the same problem myself with these backing tracks. They are the same loops that I'm using on the video and unfortunately, they don't have a count-in feature.

GondekGondek replied

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merrill123merrill123 replied

Luv that Brendan-diddley rhythm groove ;) Thanks for helping me think outside of the box and explore the neck. Just think! ... a young Clapton had to learn it too. I know practice practice practice.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied

That's exactly 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 FREE
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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