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Dave Matthews' Chord Voicings (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Dave Matthews' Chord Voicings

Brendan shows us some of Dave Matthews' unique chord voicings and why they are so important to his distinctive sound.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Style of Dave Matthews seriesLength: 33:42Difficulty: 3.0 of 5


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rolfi10rolfi10 replied on September 1st, 2013

Awesome lesson! Tell me Brendan, does this mean that Clapton's series is over?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 6th, 2013

It does not. The Clapton series is on a different track and I'm sure will be returning soon enough. Thanks for checking out the lessons

hummonkeyhummonkey replied on August 6th, 2013

Really great lesson. It's all about thinking outside of the box, which is what Dave does. On top of that, he has a great attitude. It is just plain fun to play his tunes, especially when he gets into his percussive rhythms. Thank you Brendan. Looking forward to more.

Style of Dave Matthews

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Brendan Burns takes a look into what makes Dave Matthews such a unique guitarist, and what gives him his distinctive sound. Specifically, Brendan looks at Dave's chord voicings and his melodic ideas, then as always shows you how to bring this into your own playing!



Lesson 1

Dave Matthews' Chord Voicings

Brendan shows us some of Dave Matthews' unique chord voicings and why they are so important to his distinctive sound.

Length: 33:42 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Stacked Fifths

Brendan wraps up his series in the style of Dave Matthews by showing us one of Dave's unique techniques: stacked fifths.

Length: 12:10 Difficulty: 3.0 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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