Bass Lines for Guitarists #1 (Guitar Lesson)


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Brendan Burns

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 triads.

Taught by Brendan Burns in Rhythm Guitar with Brendan Burns seriesLength: 15:20Difficulty: 2.0 of 5


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caliban4caliban4 replied on May 4th, 2013

Excellent lesson series. Any intention to do a follow up lesson for this series that will tie things together, such as a walking bass line with interspersed chords and harmonizing with the changes? Been looking all over the net for a book or DVD that explains these approaches for guitar without the usual jazz type emphasis. I am interested in an improv approach that can solo over the changes while using chord fragments, triads and walking bass lines to spice things up. The closest I have found is what Hendrix and his subsequent disciples did, but no one seems to have formulated a comprehensive structured and graded approach to the subject yet.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on May 6th, 2013

As this series continues, we do get into chord voicings. If it helps, you can start early by coming up with some grips for chords/progressions that work for you. Put the emphasis on voicing chord tones in the bass and use approach tones to walk between them.

thesnowdogthesnowdog replied on April 21st, 2013

Excellent as always Brendan. I was glad to stumble over this mini lesson series when I was suffering a little 'lead' burn out.

Brendan.BurnsBrendan.Burns replied on April 22nd, 2013

Keep it rocking Snow Dog!

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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