Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 3 and 4 (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

Rebuilding Rhythm: Week 3 and 4

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

Taught by Brendan Burns in Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 11:25Difficulty: 1.0 of 5


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paul112paul112 replied on March 12th, 2016

Hi new to Jam Play and always struggle with my rhythm ..Love this lesson .thanks

austinhardy09austinhardy09 replied on October 6th, 2014

This simple lesson helped me figure out one big hole in my rhythm playing that was INSTANTLY fixable. Thank you so much! Well taught.

peterdoxleypeterdoxley replied on January 26th, 2014

Brendan, just wanted to say a big thanks for these - I've been stagnating a fair bit and these exercises have really revitalised my guitar practice - and I'm seeing some tangible improvements in my playing and my confidence. These should be required watching for any new guitarists! Pete

01justmee01justmee replied on June 6th, 2012

I had to share with you..i heard what you said about exagerating on this, so i did ...i made circles with my fingers..starting on the top E made a circle to hit the bottom E( up stroke ) then hit the D (down stroke) then the G ( up stroke ) ... by doing a circle for this exercise i had no chose but to move my 2 fingers in and out cause for me fitting the strings in a straight line didnt get this exercise to work..werd you say lol..yup it was but i got it now ..before i play i do this exercise for about 5 mins .. after my exercise my 2 little fingers danse on thier own...and my playing is soooo much better too....Just this alone is worth my year subscription ..HEEHA !!!

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on June 6th, 2012

Great! I'm glad it's working for you!

01justmee01justmee replied on June 6th, 2012

nice so nice !!! helps me alot..i feel less stiffness in my fingers..Every beginner should start with this ..so then no bad habits kick in ..TY Brendan..One happy Lady here ... ps Love your cool and sympatic why of teaching ;-)))

erikschaeperserikschaepers replied on February 13th, 2012

Probably overall THE BEST lesson on this platform . Thanks Brendan you are tops, man.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on February 16th, 2012

Thanks! I'm glad you are enjoying the lesson

anom001anom001 replied on December 16th, 2010

"Nun chords." I love it! I see Julie Andrews, mountains in the background, strumming those FULL chords.... perfect imagery! You nailed the visual! ;-)

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

I'm glad you are seeing progress! Keep rockin' it!

peterpaulpeterpaul replied on August 6th, 2010

Brendan, this is really a great lesson, I'm only on day two and I can already hear a difference in my strumming. Thanks, hope to see more soon.

flyfisher5000flyfisher5000 replied on August 6th, 2010

This lesson is worth the monthly fee for jamplay alone and still 2 more lessons to come...great work. FLY

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 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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