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The Yardbirds #4 (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

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.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of Eric Clapton seriesLength: 28:36Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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3deeder3deeder replied on August 18th, 2013

By the by, there is a great teacher on Jamplay named Hawkeye Herman who teaches the blues and makes it easy to understand.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on August 19th, 2013

I'm glad you found two teachers that are helping you out so much. Keep it going!

3deeder3deeder replied on August 18th, 2013

Brendan, I hate to disagree, but check out a guy named Marty Schwartz on You Tube. He teaches complicated, or as you call them "advanced" or "deep" riffs, which they really aren't in a very easy to understand manner. He lets you know, how simple it is to play once you understand how simple the pentatonic scale is. He doesn't say, "I moved to the flat third and then over to the flat seventh, and then we go to the fourth chord." He says, "Put your third finger here, and then play these two notes." And so it goes until you are playing ten different notes in succession. And then he says, "If you must know I am simply going from the root to the flat third to the flat seventh and back again. There is nothing deep about it. Great teachers make complicated things simple. Complicated teachers make simple things complicated.

3deeder3deeder replied on August 14th, 2013

Brendan, I admire your ability to distill Clapton down to a kind of synthesis of the "essence of Clapton". But it is hard for me to follow your riffs without "slower" reference to fret numbers and finger numbers. I would like, for example, "Ok, lets go through this riff real slow and we'll start with this finger on this fret." etc. When it is presented in that fashion I can learn the riffs as they are broken down into smaller and smaller "digestible" pieces. But when twenty notes are given in rapid sequence I don't have a slow motion button on my computer to see how you put each note together. Not to be critical, but I am interested in this great music and I need things to go slower. Most likely that form of teaching would be boring for you, but would make things easier for me. I do appreciate some great things you have taught me. Keep up the good work.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on August 15th, 2013

This far into the Clapton series really gets into the advanced-intermediate territory. If you find that this is running fast, I suggest checking out some other lesson series about navigation, tiny triads, pentatonics and/or blues riffs. The more familiar you are with these foundations, the more you'll be able to hear bigger and faster shapes. This Clapton series digs pretty deep. Keep rockin' it.

3deeder3deeder replied on July 27th, 2013

Ok watch how fast I can move my fingers without you figuring out what I'm doing.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 29th, 2013

What do you need slowed-down?

fwantlanfwantlan replied on January 21st, 2013

glad I came back to this....this is a lot of work......for me

GondekGondek replied on July 25th, 2012

Thats one hot piece of musical lead...nice

GondekGondek replied on July 25th, 2012

Thats one hot piece of musical lead...nice

wayne gilbertwayne gilbert replied on July 11th, 2012

thanks for your ideas..Your very good at presenting these concepts-I hope you can continue in this vain.

Style of Eric Clapton

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



Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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
Lesson 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

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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