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Brendan Burns

Lesson Series Overview

Brendan Burns provides an overview of the topics that will be covered in his chord voicing lesson series.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Improv with Brendan seriesLength: 4:17Difficulty: 0.5 of 5


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rogerfunkrogerfunk replied on May 21st, 2016

Beautiful guitar is it a fender

tongtong replied on April 7th, 2012

I just started with your series. I love your greetings.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on April 8th, 2012

Ha! I have to do a lot of those!

lexzbuddylexzbuddy replied on July 29th, 2011

I hope you don't mind me asking but, what guitar is it you are playing here? Who makes it? Really interesting instrument.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 30th, 2011

It's a Klein Electric Guitar. You can find more info about it here: http://www.jamplay.com/members/guitar/phase2/brendan-burns-92/lesson10.html

liechtensteinguyliechtensteinguy replied on April 21st, 2011

These lessons are fantastic. Tiny triads sound great and are so easy to understand. I use less big chords because I like slim and precise sound of the triads. This leads me to an experiment with a perfect 4th tuning. In this tuning the triads don't change their form because of the 2nd string. It's much easier for me to improvise because the structure always stays the same. Of course the big chords are diffucult in this tuning, but I don't use them often anymore. What's your opinion? Am I missing a lot when I don't use the standard tuning?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on April 21st, 2011

Go for it! I've been thinking of switching to all 4ths myself. It's tricky being a guitar teacher in an altered tuning, but if you feel it and it makes sense go for it!

liechtensteinguyliechtensteinguy replied on May 4th, 2011

Last but not least: Thank you a lot for sharing your technique and motivating me to do something very different!

liechtensteinguyliechtensteinguy replied on May 4th, 2011

And I did it the same day you answered. One of my guitars is stringed up in perfects 4th from Eb to E. At first it was very odd of course and I had to rethink quite a bit. Playing with open strings got a bit more complicated, so I bought a capo and cut it to a 4 string length. With the capo on the first fret the open strings sound like the standard tuning, but the note structure still stays the same over the complete guitar neck. Fantastic! It feels very natural and relaxed, with or without capo. My brain now needs to handle less information and I can concentrate a bit more on my sound. Now I feel like there's more and I experiment with a 5th tuning. I can share my experiences in a few weeks if anyone is interested.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on May 5th, 2011

This sounds awesome!

dearlpittsdearlpitts replied on January 15th, 2011

ok think your lessons will be very helpful,i/m on board.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on January 16th, 2011

Excellent! Rock it!

robabrobab replied on August 7th, 2010

Sometimes I feel stuck and a great lesson like this one comes along. WOW!! Great job BB!!!

benloganbenlogan replied on August 4th, 2010

Nice lesson set, Brenden. These really helped change the way I think about the way notes and chords are laid out on the guitar neck. You're an excellent teacher. :)

sourcoresourcore replied on July 20th, 2010

What, no headstock? Once I got past that distraction, love to FOCUS on voicings! Pretty guitar.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 21st, 2010

Yeah, it's a wild looking instrument. Soon there will be an "About Brendan's Guitar" video that will explain how and why it's so weird. Thanks for the comment.

oshoosho replied on July 11th, 2010

Hope these lessons will be available soon! These look like helpful lessons, will be keeping an eye out for them.

drstsdrsts replied on July 8th, 2010

can't wait for this series.

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on July 8th, 2010

Looking forward to this too, thanks.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on July 8th, 2010

I have to admit, I couldn't stop laughing at myself when I saw this. It's very exciting to be sharing this information. Let me know if you have any thought/questions.

dj.phillipsdj.phillips replied on July 8th, 2010

Bb is in the house!!!

eandy5000eandy5000 replied on July 7th, 2010

Sound like a really interesting course. Can't wait.

ericssonericsson replied on July 7th, 2010

576 chords! Holy smokes..Welcome to Jamplay, really looking forward to your lessons

Improv with Brendan

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

In his Theory and Improvisation series, Brendan Burns looks at triads, chord voicings and usage across the circle of fifths.



Lesson 1

Lesson Series Overview

Brendan Burns provides an overview of the topics that will be covered in his chord voicing lesson series.

Length: 4:17 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 2

Form 1 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny triad shapes derived from the form 1 barre chord.

Length: 13:12 Difficulty: 1.5 FREE
Lesson 3

Form 3 Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triads derived from the 3rd form of the CAGED system.

Length: 12:51 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Form 2 Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the 2nd form tiny triads.

Length: 20:57 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Form 1 Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates the tiny minor triad shapes derived from the form 1 CAGED shape.

Length: 4:41 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 6

Form 3 Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates the 3rd form minor triads from the CAGED system.

Length: 6:09 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Form 2 Minor Triads

Brendan burns demonstrates the 2nd form minor tiny triads.

Length: 20:21 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Augmented Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tiny triad shapes for augmented chords.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Diminished Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the grips for the diminished tiny triads.

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

Tiny Triads Wrap-Up

Now that you've gone through all the tiny triad lessons, Brendan offers some closing statements and insights that will help you with incorporating them into your playing.

Length: 2:00 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 11

More Tiny Triads

Brendan takes a more in depth look at extensions that can be added to the tiny triad forms.

Length: 12:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 12

6th Tiny Triads

Brendan demonstrates the addition of the 6th extension to the tiny triad forms.

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 13

Minor Triad Extensions

In lesson 13, Brendan covers the extensions for the minor form tiny triads.

Length: 13:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Sus 4 Tiny Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates the Sus 4 forms for the tiny triads.

Length: 6:13 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Tiny Triads Review

To get you setup to start learning more tiny triads, Brendan talks about what he'll be covering next and provides a review of the previous material.

Length: 5:45 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

More Major Triads

Brendan Burns takes a look at extensions that can be added to major triads.

Length: 16:47 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 17

Major Triad 6ths

Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to add the 6th extension to your major triads.

Length: 11:36 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

More Minor Triads

Brendan takes a look at the extensions and embellishments that can be added to the minor tiny triads.

Length: 22:51 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Unstable Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses the unstable or "ambiguous" triads that result from altering the 3rd.

Length: 19:48 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Spread Voiced Major Triads

Brendan Burns demonstrates and discusses how to utilize spread voiced triads in your playing. In the first lesson of this mini-series, he discusses major spread voicings.

Length: 19:37 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 21

Spread Voiced Minor Triads

Brendan demonstrates spread voicings of minor triads.

Length: 14:15 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 22

Triadic Improvisation #1

The first lesson in Brendan's triadic improvisation lesson series covers the major triads and the combinations of their extensions.

Length: 24:51 Difficulty: 0.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Triadic Improvisation #2

Continuing on with triadic improvisation techniques, Brendan discusses and demonstrates how to utilize the minor triads.

Length: 27:22 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Harmonic and Melodic Substitutions

Brendan demonstrates and discusses how various tiny triads can be applied to bass notes to imply larger, more complex chords. He also explains how these concepts can be used in a melodic context.

Length: 18:26 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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