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Mark Brennan

You and Me

Mark Brennan takes you through the mega hit that brought Lifehouse international attention.

Taught by Mark Brennan in Rock Songs with Mark seriesLength: 23:34Difficulty: 2.0 of 5

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scannon120scannon120 replied

Thanks Mark, great lesson and song choice !!

mansmithmansmith replied

Awesome song and super easy to follow. Thanks Mark!

Terla123Terla123 replied

You rock! I.have improved greatly in.many ways thanks !!! You.are a great instructor.

joegamonsjoegamons replied

Thanks for the song Mark. I think Jamplay is lucky to have you.

rwa1rwa1 replied

thanks for this. always loved this song and my band has been asking me to add songs. Added! :)

danprodanpro replied

will there be a backing track posted for this song?

dandiamond1208dandiamond1208 replied

Are the words to the song listed anywhere? If not, that would be nice to include along with the music. Thanks.

steedvlxsteedvlx replied

I had never heard this song before looking through the song lessons. Your breakdown here made it an easy "add" to ye olde repertoire. The wife loves this one too. I play it on a Custom 24 through a nice Mesa clean channel... Brilliant! Thank you!

kjward7kjward7 replied

Hey Mark thanks for posting this song. Is it just me, or does the D to D sus have a slightly different strumming pattern then the rest of the song? I've been trying but i just can't get the same sound. If you have any suggestions or if I'm just imagining the difference let me know, I welcome any advice .

kay burnskay burns replied

Thanks mark still a great song

charlesfadamscharlesfadams replied

nice guitar there mark. how much did it cost and what model is it ?

denatijandenatijan replied

Strumming has always been a battle for me. Very excited to say "I think I got this one," thank you for taking the time to show the strumming pattern, this has really helped.

jbartojbarto replied

your a great teacher of music! you really put your heart into it! thanks for your help

gbragliagbraglia replied

Hi Guys :) My only trouble is to keep the right tempo. I tend to go faster. Great lesson anyway.

BevvyBevvy replied

thank you great lesson and inspiration , cheers

charlesfadamscharlesfadams replied

aaarrrrrrggggghhhhh I can't seem to get the strumming down. I am like a bull in the china closet.

alfrednoelalfrednoel replied

Mr. Brennan......just great and inspiring, I wait patiently for the day when I can strum, sing, and keep rhythm as effortlessly as you do. You're a pro and I really enjoy your clear and patient teaching style....please keep up the good work!

alfrednoelalfrednoel replied

Mr. Brennan......just great and inspiring, I wait patiently for the day when I can strum, sing, and keep rhythm as effortlessly as you do. You're a pro and I really enjoy your clear and patient teaching style....please keep up the good work!

bluejackbluejack replied

Beautiful. Always waiting for your work . You're a great teacher. Many thanks.

black5black5 replied

Thanks Mark for another fantastic lesson!

marcdmarcd replied

Awesome performance Mark! Love it!

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

It's great to see this awesome song posted again....enjoy! Just wanted to point one thing out.....I state in the lesson that the time signature is 6/8, where the time signature in the supplemental material is shown as 6/4. Don't be confused. Both time signature have the same feel with six beats to the measure. The difference is in 6/8, the eighth note gets the beat, and in 6/4 the quarter note gets the beat....but they both have the same "rocking" 1-2-3,1-2-3 feel with the natural emphasis on beat 1 and beat 4.

emilios1995emilios1995 replied

So sweet song... THANKS !

dltarnnrdltarnnr replied

Hi Mark ,am I reading the chord chart right , it looks like G/B and Em7 are the same?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Yes....good obsevation. But the difference is the bass note. The Em7 has the low open 6th string as it's bass note; so strum this chord from the 6th string. The G/B has the B (5th string, 2nd fret) as it's bass note; strum it from the 5th string. They sound similar, but the difference in the bass notes give them a different sound quality.

blakeyspostblakeyspost replied

Nice approach to teaching Mark. Thanks. New to Jamplay, but if the rest is as good as this I'll be well happy. This song by the way, is why I decided to play guitar. Cheers JB

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Awesome! It is a great song......good luck with guitar exploits.

mambergmamberg replied

Thanks again. You also did a good job teaching Landslide. Singing is a bonus too and helps. Hope you teach more songs. Ballads are fun. You are a great teacher and go over every detail and get right to the point.

rickyg64rickyg64 replied

Just learning how to play and love the job you did.I am learning the song to surpise my wife for an aniversery. I live in Nashville were everyone is a closet guitarist and all of you do a get job. Just wish there were more songs on the list.

lilbikerlilbiker replied

Wow that was wonderful!! That is one of my favorite lifehouse songs and I love them anyway. Thank you for showing us that song. You do such a beautiful job of teaching. I have one question though, do you have any suggestions for the D/F#, I don't have a thumb on my left hand, so I can't do a wrap around if I tried.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Hey Jaime....two ways you can try: the easier would be to use your middle finger on the low F# (second fret, 6ht string), then use your ring finger to play the A on the 2nd fret, 3rd string, and your pinky for the D on 3rd tret, 2nd string, and strum only the bottom 5 strings (though using the open 1st string would not sound bad. The second way would be index on the low F#, middle on the 2nd fret, 3rd string, pinky on the 3rd fret 2nd string, and the ring finger on the 2nd fret, 1st string (a little tougher grip). Mark B.

lilbikerlilbiker replied

Thanks mark, I can do the first one now I just have to work on the Bm @ Cm, because of the thumb issue and the fact that I have small hands barre chords are harder for me. I switched to extra light strings yesterday and even though I don't like the tone as much as the light strings it is easier for me to barre. When I get stronger hands and my finger muscle memory is better I will switch back to my regular strings.

deucedeuce replied

wow!!! that was beautiful Mr. Brennan

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dbifulcodbifulco replied

so, a year of playing (got my ovations last year @47) and now can play two tunes thanks to Mark and the other Mark...annoyed they made you take down talks to angels, that was my first...on a request, some of the older acoustic classic the uncompromising style and completness of the lessons you do. I find have learned more site reading and theory technique (applications of hammer ons, pull offs, harmonics) that I consistantly use while trying harder about a James Talyor piece? (I have been trying to break down fire and rain..chord progessions are..TOUGH) but I know if Mark puts it up, may take awhile, but will get teh nuances I am missing,and make me a better player...Keep up the fantasic work, your teaching ability is increadable.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks David! I'll check into James Taylor....He's always been one fo my favorite artists....Mark B.

canonfacanonfa replied

Thanks Mark..demonstrated very this in one sitting..just need to find the lyrics online. lol...going to browse some other songs of yours...have you written any of your own?

volivarvolivar replied

Mark, you did an awesome job and made it really easy to follow along...Keep it from the newbie to this site. Thanks

lawandguitarlawandguitar replied


MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Dampen the fifth string with your middle (2nd) finger.

kevinkevin replied

hotel california please please please thanks

ro7477ro7477 replied

nice backdrop of Cleveland!! nice lesson too. cheers

deannathegeekdeannathegeek replied

That bridge is still kicking my butt, but I have the rest of it down.

kesscecakessceca replied

wow, I really loved when you sang along with the song!

dagchristiandagchristian replied

Excelent lesson! :)

john232john232 replied

are the lyrics included anywhere?

ivosmylyivosmyly replied

More than "sweet", It was bloody great.!! Cheers Ivo

electricangelelectricangel replied

Beautiful. Really nice. Thanks.

mav67mav67 replied

Okay I was going to try and find a lesson for this and yet again JamPlay come to the rescue, Thank You Mark that was an absolutly awesome lesson and the performance at the end was first class, shmae we don't see you singing more.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks Mark.....I'll sing the tune if I can pull it off.

longbonelongbone replied

awesome Mark.....thank you!!!

finnstar37finnstar37 replied

Mark - great lesson as always. You have a great teaching style, I learnt this one in 2 days and Im now strumming along and trying to get the singing right. More songs please.

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Thanks Andrew...more to come..good luck with the vocal.

scottbrownscottbrown replied

thatta boy Mark!! great job on another great tune. Just can't seem to stretch my thumb around to make F#D so I'll have to fake it for now. I love the G5 Cadd9 progressions...brings me back to the sound of the eighties!

SylviaSylvia replied

Oh My God! that was awesome. Now I want to see you and Marla do some harmony!

plasticarmyplasticarmy replied

Mark...your lessons are really, really great!

buffy136buffy136 replied

OK.... WHO BROKE THE MOLD !!! you really do your job with heart and feelin's.. thanks for breaking up your lessons ...your way of teaching gives me the- I wana - I gotta- I will and I am learning to play the guitar-, feeling...hey at 47 nothing is that easy but you sure make it easy

Steve DolackSteve Dolack replied

Hey Mark! Great work! I really appreciate your time in breaking down the song into bite size pieces. I really enjoyed hearing the vocal accompaniment. Many thanks to Marla for contributing on the other songs.

billlynn13billlynn13 replied

Great work Mark. I am trying to build up my repertoire of songs to play and sing and this one is perfect.

mattrustymattrusty replied

does he have his index finger on the bottom e string when playing g5 at the start??????

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

Hey Matt.....The fretboard diagrams on the tab for the G5 and C9 have a mistake on bad. You should use your middle (2) finger on the bottom string for the G5, and the same for the fifth string for the C9. Thanks for the heads up....Mark B.

Don.SDon.S replied

Mark, at the end of Scene 6, Sweet, just doesn't quite sum it up. I'm looking forward to strumming along with you on this one. Great cover, Mark. Don

carminemarottacarminemarotta replied

Anyone knows when the supplemental content will be available?

MarkBrennanMarkBrennan replied

The tab has been should be up real soon..Mark B.

carminemarottacarminemarotta replied

Thanks a lot Mark. I am learning so much with your song lessons.

cdawsoncdawson replied

Hey guys.. it's been up since earlier today, this lesson wasn't meant to be public yet!

stevedobbsstevedobbs replied usual Mark, great lesson. I've been playing this wrong until now, funny what one wrong chord will do! thanks

dripmandripman replied

wow, this was beautiful when you sing along with it.

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About Mark Brennan View Full Biography Mark Brennan, born August 12th, 1954 in Cleveland, Ohio, began playing guitar at the age of 10. His first influences were from the Ventures and the British Invasion, especially the Beatles and Rolling Stones. Shortly afterwards he was playing in rock bands with his brother on drums, developing his ear by learning songs straight from records. Playing in a band became a passion.

In high school, he grew to love acoustic and classical guitar. He spent time playing acoustic music, influenced by The Eagles, CSN, Dan Folgelberg, James Taylor, Joni Mitchell, etc. In the 70's, he headed a very popular Cleveland band, The Brennan-Cosma Band, which played a variety of acoustic and rock music, along with originals. He also took up classicalguitar, and began developing his fingerstyle technique.

Mark is a graduate of Cleveland State University (1980), with a Bachelor of Music in Classical guitar performance. He also studied Music Composition, and took many Music Education classes. After graduation, he began his private teaching career, teaching electric, acoustic, and classical guitar, along with music theory. He taught in various studios and guitar shops throughout his career, and currently has a private practice at his home in Fairview Park, Ohio.

In the 80's Mark took an affection to Progressive rock. With his band Polyphony, he was influenced by the music of Yes, Genesis, Kansas, ELP, Styx, along with a set of prog rock originals.

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