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Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 2 (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

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.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 6:53Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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rogerfunkrogerfunk replied on April 17th, 2016

beautiful guitar where did you get that beauty and what type is it Fender

mojave27mojave27 replied on December 27th, 2013

This is great stuff Brendan, thank you. I've got a lot of value out of this already by the second week.

jobloskijobloski replied on October 26th, 2013

Trying to find my rhythm! Good lesson!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on October 26th, 2013

Me too! Constantly! Keep it up \m/

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on December 7th, 2012

Ack! Sometime I hit "Remove" instead of "Reply" OFFDG3 2012-12-05 @ 13:53:47 I have a question. In the week one lesson, you were clear that we are to practice strumming to music we like. Is the same true for this lesson and the rest of the 6 weeks?

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on December 7th, 2012

Sorry for deleting your initial comment.... I would say playing music you love can help out greatly when you are working on these exercises. Keep it rockin' it!

wreckmwreckm replied on December 30th, 2011

This is super useful!

sfmonkeycsfmonkeyc replied on December 13th, 2010

Brendan, this was a very simple but very useful lesson. I've taken a quite a few lessons in strumming and none of them said so much in so little time as you did in this lesson.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on December 14th, 2010

Glad to hear it. Keep it going!

aaron kirkeraaron kirker replied on September 20th, 2010

Ok, This is my problem, it has plagued me forever; my pick goes all over the place, if I hold on to it tightly, I strum way to hard. Help!

sfmonkeycsfmonkeyc replied on December 13th, 2010

It might also help to use a lighter gauge (more flexible) pick. If find very heavy picks difficult to play with as there is less flexibility when it strikes the string. That resistance produces more resistance and also a louder sound.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 20th, 2010

Aaron, This is a very common problem. The thing to remember is that your pick is experiencing resistance from the strings. If you attack at an angle, it will bounce back at an angle. As an exercise, try letting go of your hold on the pick when strumming. You should be able to get it to a point where it just floats in your hand: you're pushing the pick into the strings, but the strings are also pushing back. It's a delicate balance, and easier said than done, but it will allow you to have a lot of flexibility in your dynamics.

dahndahn replied on September 15th, 2010

I am a little confused about the technique here. Should I stop the pick on the G string and go back up without plucking it (easier, more accurate), or should I lift the pick up right after the D string, making a fuller motion (hard not to pluck the D string, but it seems you're doing this in the video). Thanks for the answer.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on September 15th, 2010

For the Bass & Treble areas you can hit anywhere between one and four strings to get this effect. Rather than dividing the guitar by 3 strings, you can overlap four strings at a time and have the D & G can be part of both. The Bass & Treble areas are a great place for strumming, but as you move forward, you'll find you'll be able to articulate smaller and smaller groupings.

Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns

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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 FREE
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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