Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 1 (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 1

Brendan Burns offers up the first exorcise of a six week program dedicated to rebuilding rhythm technique.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 7:54Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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bruandersonbruanderson replied on August 16th, 2015

the sound cuts off at about the 2 minute mark until the 4 minute mark on Week 1 Exercise. thanks

hughjhughj replied on June 3rd, 2013

I have always thought i had crappy timing and felt that i had no sense of rhythm. Turns out that it was poor stamina. These lessons are scratching me where i itch. Thanks very much Brendan!

mabbott44mabbott44 replied on November 24th, 2012

Hi Brendan - i just signed up to Jamplay and this is my first lesson. What do you suggest in terms of practice time on an exercise like this (eg. every day for 20 minutes)?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on November 24th, 2012

Give this the last 5-10% of your practice time.

bcgaraybcgaray replied on October 13th, 2012

Brendan, thanks for the great lesson. I have been struggling with a problem for some time. I can not hold consistently on to the pick. It seems to want turn in my fingers. Any ideas! Thanks

psjacunskipsjacunski replied on January 27th, 2012

Maybe you should check again...section 2 isn't loading

psjacunskipsjacunski replied on January 27th, 2012

Sorry...just really slow loading on my end. Good lesson!

raskewraskew replied on December 21st, 2011

Just noticed that the word "exercise" is misspelled in the description of this lesson.

tim65tim65 replied on October 23rd, 2011

Awesome Exercise. Do you strike all the strings on the upstroke as well?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on October 24th, 2011

That's the basic idea: to get a full stoke of all 6 strings on each strum (up or down).

jenskladdjenskladd replied on September 4th, 2011

my eyes cant handle that guitar:D awesome lesson

jarls1jarls1 replied on May 18th, 2011

So, I'm really digging this lesson. For the rest of you out there, I have created a youtube playlist titled "Pick Speed" on my youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/Jarls1) that has videos in ascending beats per minute, starting at 65 bpm. I tie a rag around the guitar neck at about the 7th fret. this allows me to work on this strumming lesson and Mark Lincoln's lesson on barre chords with the left hand ~ switching between the type 1 and type 2 barre chords, at the same time. Of note, the music on my playlist is not my favorites, they just have the right BPM. Thanks so much for this lesson, Brendan!

jarls1jarls1 replied on May 15th, 2011

Hey! This is good stuff. It is also helping me to break a bad habit I had learned regarding how I hold my pick. Using this technique, I'm able to retrain how my body thinks about pick posture. I love it! Thanks!!

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

This is great to hear! Keep it going!

susanajavellanasusanajavellana replied on March 17th, 2011

i can not see the supplemental materials

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on March 18th, 2011

I'm sorry to hear that. It's loading up fine for me right now. For future problems, you can always try tech support if things aren't working. Best, Brendan

jackie8chjackie8ch replied on November 24th, 2010

Interesting - great exercise. I just did an entire Jack Hardy album and I was pleasantly surprised at the results even the first day.

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

Excellent! Keep it going!

tangohuntertangohunter replied on September 30th, 2010

Improvements in you Nervous System Efficiency most likely have more to do with improvments in endurance than increase in muscle mass. Localized endurance is most likely an improvement in lactic acid transfer..not actual increased strength.

roseyrosey replied on September 11th, 2010

thanks Brendan

roseyrosey replied on September 11th, 2010

wow this is awesome opens up a whole new level of playing

alan1956alan1956 replied on August 7th, 2010

Hey Brendan - It's the morning after I got into week #1 (I also sneaked a look at #2 and tried it)..and my forearm is a little sore...yayyy....This is a great lesson and I'm looking forward to these muscles settling down after a few thousand repetitions..A good buddy of mine is also a Berklee Alumni and when I first started learning guitar a couple years ago he told me it takes about a 1000 reps to develop muscle memory....then after a while he upped it to 5000...( the dirty rat..haha)...anyways...I just wanted to tell you that my hat is off to you in regards to your attitude about getting back to basics to keep moving forward..

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on August 7th, 2010

It's all about moving forward.... slow and steady progress. Keep at it! You are going to love the results!

srosssross replied on August 6th, 2010

This video doesn't seem to be working on scene 2

Jason.MounceJason.Mounce replied on August 6th, 2010

This just affected super high quality. Typo caused the video not to load, all is well now. Thanks for the heads up.

Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns

Found in our Beginner Lesson Sets

Focusing on different forms of picking and playing can steal your chops away from your rhythm playing. Brendan Burns offers up a 6 week coarse on rebuilding your rhythm chops that focuses on training necessary muscle groups and getting back into tempo.



Lesson 1

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 1

Brendan Burns offers up the first exorcise of a six week program dedicated to rebuilding rhythm technique.

Length: 7:54 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 2

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 2

In week two of his six week rhythm building program, Brendan goes over an exercise that covers treble and bass strumming.

Length: 6:53 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 3

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 3 and 4

Brendan is back with the 3rd and 4th week exercise to workout your rhythm playing.

Length: 11:25 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 4

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 5

In week five of his six week rhythm workout, Brendan provides an exercise that breaks the guitar up into five distinct sections.

Length: 6:48 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 5

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 6

Brendan Burns offers up the final exercise of his six week rhythm workout.

Length: 7:12 Difficulty: 1.0 Members Only
Lesson 6

Counting 5/8 Time Signatures

Brendan Burns starts off a short lesson set on how to count compound meters. He starts with the 5/8 time signature.

Length: 13:07 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 7

Counting 7/8 Time Signatures

Now that you've mastered 5/8 time, Brendan provides a lesson on counting 7/8.

Length: 6:42 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 8

Counting 11/8 Time Signatures

Brendan Burns demonstrates how to count 11/8 time.

Length: 6:24 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 9

Playing Compound Meters

Now that you have counting under your belt, it's time to actually play some compound meters.

Length: 9:38 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 10

More Odd Time Signatures

In lesson 10 of his rhythm series, Brendan teaches playing examples of the previous time signatures he has covered.

Length: 18:01 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 11

Bass Lines for Guitarists #1

Brendan discusses how using bass lines can enhance your playing and allow for more creative expression in a band style situation. He starts you off by discussing bass lines created from major and minor...

Length: 15:20 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 12

Bass Lines for Guitarists #2

In the second bass lines lesson, Brendan discusses arpeggios and bass lines for all types of 7th chords.

Length: 29:58 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 13

Bass Lines for Guitarists #3

Brendan Burns returns with a more intermediate look at bass lines for guitarists. In this lesson he discusses chord tone and chromatic approaches from above and below the root.

Length: 14:25 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 14

Bass Lines for Guitarists #4

Brendan returns with another look at bass lines for guitarists. Building on the previous lesson, Brendan discusses chromatic approaches that combine tones above and below the root.

Length: 10:29 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 15

Bass Lines for Guitarists #5

Brendan returns to his Rhythm Guitar series with another look at bass lines for guitarists. In recent lessons he's covered chromatic approaches from above and below the root as well as a combination of....

Length: 9:44 Difficulty: 2.5 Members Only
Lesson 16

Understanding Subdivisions #1

Brendan takes us back to basics in this series by helping us understand and internalize rhythmic subdivisions.

Length: 14:51 Difficulty: 1.5 Members Only
Lesson 17

Understanding Subdivisions #2

In lesson two of Understanding Subdivisions, Brendan takes a look at 8th note "over the bar line" rhythm patterns.

Length: 28:28 Difficulty: 2.0 Members Only
Lesson 18

Understanding Subdivisions #3

Brendan takes us deeper into understanding subdivisions by looking at 16th note subdivisions coupled with fun 8th and 16th note patterns!

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

Understanding Subdivisions #4

Brendan wraps up this series with a look at some crazy sixteenth note, over the bar line rhythm patterns.

Length: 13:33 Difficulty: 2.0 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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