Connected Chord Voicings (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Connected Chord Voicings

Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to connect chord voicings together.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Tips & Tricks with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 14:00Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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danonwheelsdanonwheels replied on August 30th, 2015

Learning loads thanks man

renato.renato. replied on March 21st, 2015

Hi there do you start playing the example in measure 3 first line ? and great lesson, straight to the point assuming that the CAGED system is mastered and all the chord shapes makes sense in terms of where is the root where is the b3 and so on.

sourkroutamensourkroutamen replied on April 7th, 2011

Wow this really opened things up for me. Thank you for the lesson.

crosstourcrosstour replied on January 29th, 2011

I maybe the only one with this problem, but unless you say what cord you are playing I don't know what I'm supposed to play. You can't tell from the video which fingers are pressing what strings (a common problem with all instructors from the comments I've read - not a fault of the instructors, just a limitation of video). You do say the first pair is the A7 and A9/C#, and I get that those shapes can be played in different keys, but you don't name a chord after that. With multiple versions of each chords, well maybe I'm too much of a beginner to get it. What is your second pair and third pair? What is the "new guy" in your last set? I echo everyone else's sentiments that your lessons are great, it's just that this newbie needs help at this point. Thanks.

crosstourcrosstour replied on January 29th, 2011

OK, I figured it out by careful watching and listening and process of elimination. A difficult lesson for me, but in the end very clear and helpful.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on January 31st, 2011

I'm really glad to hear this. I was actually waiting a bit to give you a proper response. Sometimes when things are just outside our reach we don't know how to go out and grab them. I'm happy that you were able to make sense of this lesson. Best, B.

fredz483fredz483 replied on October 26th, 2010

These are awesome lessons!! Can't wait for lesson 6.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 26th, 2010

Thanks for the kind comments.

paul44paul44 replied on September 26th, 2010

i want to tell you Brendan that you have a great teaching style a i really enjoy it. you keep us motivated and make things very clear. keep up the great work and love having you on jamplay.

jmarcjmarc replied on September 26th, 2010

all your lessons are very clever and very powerfull for beginners and intermediate levels thanks a lot

s m cusworths m cusworth replied on September 24th, 2010

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mattbrownmattbrown replied on September 24th, 2010

Until the PDF is added, there are some chord charts and tablature for you to look at.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 24th, 2010

Yes! I forgot to give them to Jason - my apologies. I'm sending them out tomorrow, the should be up early next week. Stay tuned!

Tips & Tricks with Brendan Burns

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brendan Burns covers tips for rapid chord changing and economy of motion.



Lesson 1

Pivot Fingers

Brendan Burns explains how pivot fingers can be used to achieve smoother, quicker chord changes.

Length: 9:04 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Battle Plan

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
Lesson 3

The Strum Switch

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
Lesson 4

Staggered Strumming

Brendan Burns explains how "staggering" your strums can assist in performing chord changes.

Length: 8:08 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Connected Chord Voicings

Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to connect chord voicings together.

Length: 14:00 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Connecting Chords: Dominant 7ths

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses ways to connect dominant 7th chord voicings.

Length: 10:35 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Connecting Chords: Minor 7ths

Brendan Burns demonstrates connecting chords for both the 6th string and 5th string minor 7th voicings.

Length: 13:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Connecting Chords: Major 7ths

Brendan Burns discusses the major 7th chord voicings and ways to connect them.

Length: 13:15 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Connecting Chords: Minor 7th Flat 5

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
Lesson 10

Kline Electric Guitar

Brendan answers some frequently asked questions about his Kline guitar.

Length: 6:31 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

Practice Strategies

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
Lesson 12

Prepared Guitar Techniques #1

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
Lesson 13

Prepared Guitar Techniques #2

Brendan wraps up this short series by showing us some practical applications for the prepared guitar.

Length: 17:24 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Harmonics Part 1

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
Lesson 15

Harmonics Part 2

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
Lesson 16

Harmonics Part 3

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
Lesson 17

Harmonics Part 4

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
Lesson 18

Practice Strategies, Vol. 2

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 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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