Introductory Guitar

Beginner Guitar Course from Brendan Burns

The basics of the basics. Join Brendan for his 5 part series designed to get you started down the road of playing guitar!

5 Lessons

Complete course with step-by-step lessons and practice examples.


Course filmed with 6 cameras for the perfect angles.

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Full Course Breakdown

Brendan's unique approach focuses on three main aspects in each lesson: Chords, Melody and Rhythm. Each lesson builds on the previous lesson, adding to your skill in a a very calculated way. These five lessons are a great way to get started on your guitar playing journey!

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Introductory Guitar Part 1

In his first beginning guitar lesson, Brendan draws on his vast teaching experience and imparts some of the basic things every guitar player should know. As in all the lessons in this series, Brendan will give you three things to work on with each lesson: Chords, Melody, and Rhythm.

22:18 Runtime

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Introductory Guitar Part 2

Brendan continues his introductory series for guitar, adding more chords, melodic exercises and rhythmic exercises to further you in your playing ability!

10:45 Runtime

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Introductory Guitar Part 3

Brendan continues his Introductory Guitar series with three new chords, a challenging melodic exercise, and a rhythm exercise.

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Introductory Guitar Part 4

In week number 4, Brendan shows you his chord transition strategy and introduces the major scale!

16:34 Runtime

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Introductory Guitar Part 5

In the final lesson of this series, Brendan sends you on your way with some great tools: strumming chords and playing the minor pentatonic scale!

14:25 Runtime

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  • Nashville, Tenesse
  • Playing since 1988
  • 179 lessons at JamPlay
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.
Reviews & Feedback 92/100 with 244 ratings

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All three: I liked the teacher, he is easy to understand, it's just what I needed


Great teacher! I love his teaching style and laid back personality. The lesson was just enough to chalenge me but not too much.


Brendan's teaching style and method, suited me greatly. Hoping that he'll be back with a follow up to these introductory lessons. Thanks!


Clarity in teaching style, explanation, demo and approach


easy to follow along




Very easy beginner info, great for those just starting out like me!


good job


good teacher starts with basics very good


Good teacher, I'm ready.


great approach, breaking down into small pieces. The separation of material really works for me. The exercises build skills without being overwhelming (not quite right words), for example practicing rhythm without worrying about chords).


Great series, super easy to understand and a very good explainer!


He broke it down easy for me to understand.


I have played many years ago and I'm just getting back to the guitar. Good practice and one week at a time.


I like the teacher Easy to understand Its just what i need


I really liked Brendan's style of teaching and his approach to introductory guitar. There was a lot of review from other courses for me personally, but his approach made things fresh. I liked his approach to practice focussing on harmonic, melo


I really liked the teacher and it was fun to play three simple chords out of the gate. He explained the 1-4 fingers and the 1- 6th strings which I thought was very simpleā€¦


It was very educational. I used to play frequently about ten years ago. I was never formally taught. I learned everything from books. I decided to pick it back up wanted something more in depth. After watching these 1st videos I can alread


Like the teacher and the material


love the way he teaches and easily to relate.


Nicely broken down and encouraging. Always nice to hear a friendly and advisory tutor who says that things take time rather than demanding that you get to a certain level.


Real good teacher wow. Very helpful:-) Awesome!!!


Refreshingly useful and different approach.


This will take some practice to get it right. But I love the challenges all your lessons provide. while if some people can't see where this will come in handy later, as we get better and eventually can get through them fluidly I 'am sure these


Very simple, very clear. I learned more from Brendan in 5 lessons than I did from many lessons with other teachers.