Brendan Burns explains how pivot fingers can be used to achieve smoother, quicker chord changes.
Taught by Brendan Burns in Tips & Tricks with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 9:04Difficulty: 1.0 of 5
Brendan Burns takes a look at tips and tricks for taking your guitar playing to another level.
Brendan Burns explains how pivot fingers can be used to achieve smoother, quicker chord changes.Length: 9:04 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Brendan Burns discusses a "battle plan" for performing chord changes. The battle plan prepares you for the next chord in the progression through visualization as well as physical preparation.Length: 8:16 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Brendan explains how rhythmic consistency with the right hand must be maintained in order to perform effective chord changes.Length: 9:27 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Brendan Burns explains how "staggering" your strums can assist in performing chord changes.Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to connect chord voicings together.Length: 14:00 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses ways to connect dominant 7th chord voicings.Length: 10:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Brendan Burns demonstrates connecting chords for both the 6th string and 5th string minor 7th voicings.Length: 13:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Brendan Burns discusses the major 7th chord voicings and ways to connect them.Length: 13:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
The last chord voicing in the connecting chords series is the minor 7th flat 5. Brendan demonstrates uses and voicings for this chord.Length: 7:52 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Brendan answers some frequently asked questions about his Kline guitar.Length: 6:31 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Brendan Burns discusses ways to get the most out of every practice minute you spend with the guitar.Length: 22:28 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Get ready for the wild and weird! In this two part series, Brendan shows us how to achieve some very unique, organic sounds by physically attaching various items to your guitar.Length: 25:27 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brendan wraps up this short series by showing us some practical applications for the prepared guitar.Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
In part one of this mini-series, Brendan shows you everything you need to know about producing solid left hand harmonics.Length: 23:39 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Brendan shows us how to play the simple tune of "Amazing Grace" using only harmonics. In addition, we'll learn how to develop other melodic ideas that enhance the original melody.Length: 9:43 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Brendan continues in his harmonics series by showing us how to bend harmonic notes behind the nut, culminating in the harmonic exploration of two traditional folk tunes: "Danny Boy" and "Shenandoah".Length: 35:39 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brendan wraps up his harmonics series by showing two really awesome techniques: tap harmonics and pluck harmonics. These two techniques will make the entire chromatic scale available to you via harmonics!Length: 14:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Brendan expands on a topic he shared with us a while back: practice strategies. Learn how to get the most out of your practice time with 8 very helpful and practical tips from a seasoned veteran!Length: 26:57 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
About Brendan Burns
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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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