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Interval Workout Chapter Three (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Interval Workout Chapter Three

In the third interval workout chapter, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the perfect fourth interval.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Theory & Improv with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 6:30Difficulty: 1.5 of 5


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axechokeraxechoker replied on October 21st, 2011

B- You need a raise. Your patients and expertise is phenomenal. I understand your lessons better than any other guitar professor on the site. Thank you!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on October 22nd, 2011

I'm glad you are enjoying the lessons! Keep it going :)

WheelerWheeler replied on April 18th, 2011

Great lessons Brendan.

thedudethedude replied on September 15th, 2010

Great lessons Brendan - you are a natural teacher. Awesome job!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 1st, 2010

Rob, It's been a big challenge finding the right pace for these lessons. As you get more familiar with these ideas, they get faster and faster. I ended up using a medium pacing so that it's just a bit quicker than what a beginner can handle, but just right if you are reviewing the material. When first starting out, these can take a while to get under your fingers. Keep in mind that all of this material is order meaningfully. Take your time on the cycle, then make sure your octaves & fifths are in order before you tackle 4ths. Once you know where your fifths are, the fourths are just a full step below. And once you have your fourths down, a major 3rd is just a half-step below. Take your time, be thorough.

robabrobab replied on August 25th, 2010

Thank you for a great lesson. It will help if you perform the changes slower or put it in tab as part of supplemental content.

mattbrownmattbrown replied on August 25th, 2010

I don't think any tabs will be added. I think adding tabs would defeat the point of the lesson. These exercises are supposed to improve your knowledge of where specific intervals are located on the fretboard. In order to play through the exercises, you must first learn where all of the notes are located on the fretboard. If you know that piece of information, and you understand the circle of fifths, then you should be fine.

robabrobab replied on August 31st, 2010

If you cant see where he is placing his fingers, it makes it harder to learn. I would like an example on one note, then I can figure out the rest.

iw2198iw2198 replied on August 31st, 2010

It can make it harder to learn if you cant see what he doing. At the same time this is an incredible way to learn intervals. Once you learn cycle 5 on the E and A string its a matter of learning where your intervals are. I have found that working out things like this on paper away from my guitar has been very helpful. The intervals are not giving me a hard time, playing cycle 5 on the G,B and high E string is killing me! but I love the challenge. keep at it you'll get it!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on August 25th, 2010

Matt is correct, this lesson set requires a finger/eye/ear/brain experience that you can't get with TAB. Take your time with it, and recue the video if needed. Each interval lesson in this series should take a least a week to get together. Keep at it!

iw2198iw2198 replied on August 26th, 2010

This is an amazing set of lessons! I love exercises like this. It takes some of the thought out of what and/or how to learn something. I know i have to learn intervals but I would have never thought to doit this way. I love the practical aspect. The intervals I think are easier than the single string exercises ( cycle 5). Thanks Brendan! P.S. NO TABS! lol! I'd rather learn how to write them in standard notation.

Theory & Improv with Brendan Burns

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Brendan Burns talks about the circle of fifths, intervals and more to help you in your playing.



Lesson 1

Cycle Five

Brendan Burns explains the circle of fifths and how to navigate it on the neck of the guitar.

Length: 11:22 Difficulty: 0.5 FREE
Lesson 2

Interval Workout Chapter One

Brendan Burns demonstrates an exercise that will help you locate and play octaves on the guitar.

Length: 12:35 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 3

Interval Workout Chapter Two

Brendan Burns focuses on the fifth interval in chapter two of the interval workout.

Length: 6:58 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 4

Interval Workout Chapter Three

In the third interval workout chapter, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the perfect fourth interval.

Length: 6:30 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Interval Workout Chapter Four

In chapter four of his interval workout series, Brendan discusses and demonstrates the major third interval.

Length: 3:43 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Interval Workout Chapter Five

In chapter five of his interval workout, Brendan demonstrates the minor third intervals.

Length: 4:10 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 7

Interval Workout Chapter Six

Brendan Burns demonstrates the tritone intervals.

Length: 3:51 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 8

Interval Workout Chapter Seven

Brendan Burns demonstrates the major second intervals.

Length: 3:02 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 9

Interval Workout Chapter Eight

Brendan Burns demonstrates the minor second intervals.

Length: 2:42 Difficulty: 0.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

Interval Workout Chapter Nine

Brendan Burns demonstrates the major sixth intervals.

Length: 3:15 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Interval Workout Chapter Ten

Brendan Burns demonstrates the minor sixth intervals.

Length: 2:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Interval Workout Chapter Eleven

Brendan Burns demonstrates the major seventh intervals.

Length: 2:26 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Interval Workout Chapter Twelve

The final interval workout from Brendan Burns features the flat seventh or minor seventh interval.

Length: 4:46 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 14

Modal Navigation #1

Brendan returns to show us how to navigate modes on the guitar using one string up and down the neck.

Length: 29:45 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 15

Modal Navigation #2

Brendan continues his navigation series by showing us how to play the modes on two strings.

Length: 23:33 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Modal Navigation #3

Brendan wraps up his Modal Navigation mini-series by showing us how to play the modes on three strings.

Length: 37:14 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation #1

Brendan teaches us how to improve our improvisation using just the major pentatonic scale.

Length: 27:31 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation #2

Brendan continues in the Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation series by showing us some exercises with the minor pentatonic scale.

Length: 11:30 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 19

Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation #3

Brendan wraps up his Harmonic Pentatonic Improvisation series by showing us how it all fits together when improvising over diatonic chord progressions.

Length: 16:00 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 20

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #1

In this new mini-series, Brendan shows us various chromatic ways to approach triads on an arpeggio level. This first lesson deals with approaching the major and minor triads from one half-step below the...

Length: 20:23 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 21

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #2

Next up in Brendan's mini-series, Chromatic Approaches for Triads, he shows us approaches from one chromatic note above the chord tones. As Brendan would say: "Super fun, super easy, super awesome!"

Length: 14:59 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 22

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #3

Brendan demonstrates the next chromatic approach in the series: one chromatic note below and one from above the chord tone.

Length: 15:37 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 23

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #4

Brendan concludes the first half of the Chromatic Approaches to Triads series by reviewing the "one above/one below" approach to the chord tones.

Length: 13:57 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 24

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #5

In the second half of Brendan's series, he looks at double chromatic approaches to the triad chord tones from below.

Length: 17:02 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 25

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #6

Brendan continues to explore the cool sounds of chromatic approaches. Here, he looks at double chromatic approaches to the triad chord tones from above.

Length: 15:46 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 26

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #7

Brendan continues in his Chromatic Approaches series by showing us the double approaches from below and above. There are some great sounds here to integrate into your improv!

Length: 19:51 Difficulty: 3.0 Members Only
Lesson 27

Chromatic Approaches for Triads #8

Brendan concludes this mini-series with a look at the last set of chromatic approaches: two half steps from above and two from below

Length: 17:37 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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