Dean Brown

Dean Brown

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Dean Brown's music defies boundaries to combine Rock, Latin, Jazz, Funk, and Fusion into a joyful, soulful, dynamic and intense groove. He is well known in the global jazz/fusion scene for his powerful virtuosic rhythm guitar work and his passionate melodic soloing. Those who have seen and heard Dean perform are immediately pulled in by the energy he puts into each and every note.

Dean currently offers 33 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 33 intermediate lessons.

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Rhythm Guitar

Rhythmic Synchronicity

Dean Brown teaches rhythm from the facet of both hands, the drummer and the guitarist.


Introduction to Rhythmic Synchronicity

In this lesson series, noted rhythm guitarist Dean Brown discusses and demonstrates his approach to crushing rhythm guitar. From the very basics to playing complex rhythms, if you're after solid rhythmic accuracy, this lesson series is for you!

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The Drummer

In the first teaching lesson of his series, Dean Brown imparts wisdom on what he considers "the drummer." Referring to the picking or strumming hand, Dean talks about the role of the drummer and provides rules for it's playing that will guide you through the rest of this series.

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The Guitarist

This lesson continues from where lesson two left off by now discussing "the guitarist" Dean is of course referring to the fretting hand in this lesson. He discusses why he thinks of the fretting hand as the guitarist and why the drummer/guitarist relationship is so important to rhythm playing.

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Syncopated Pattern #1

Now that you're familiar with both the roles of the guitarist and the drummer, it's time to start taking a look at how to incorporate the two to create awesome rhythm.

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Syncopated Pattern #2

Moving along in the series, after you've become proficient with pattern #1, it's time to start looking at another syncopated rhythm pattern.

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Syncopated Pattern #3

Now that you've got the second syncopated pattern under your fingers, Dean offers up another pattern to learn.

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Bossa Groove

Now that you have the fundamentals of rhythm down, it's time to start learning some vocabulary! In this lesson, Dean takes you through a standard Bossa groove.

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Funk Groove

Dean continues on with his genre vocabulary studies. This time you'll be taking a look at a standard Funk groove.

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Latin Groove

To continue your rhythm vocabulary studies, Dean offers up a taste of Latin America.

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Funky and Fun Rhythm Groove

It's time to start stepping up the rhythm game a little bit. This lesson is going to take elements from the previous groove lessons to have a little fun with your rhythms.

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Introduction to Triplets

The first section of this lesson series focused on rhythms that fit into the basic 16th note strumming pattern. Now it's time to throw a curve ball and tackle the triplet!

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Down, Down, Up Strum

Tackling triplets requires different ways of counting and different rhythmic strumming patterns. To start with, Dean teaches the down, down, up strum pattern.

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Down, Up, Down Strum

In lesson 13, Dean offers up another strum suitable for counting and playing triplet rhythms.

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Chords on 1 and 3

Moving on, it's time to start thinking about syncopation. In lesson 14, Dean discusses placing chords on the first and third beat of a measure.

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Syncopated Chording

Now that you have a good grasp of chording on the beat, it's time to look at chording on off beats.

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Middle Triplet Chords

In lesson 16, Dean takes a look at chording using the middle triplet rhythm.

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In lesson 17, Dean discusses the concept of a polyrhythm and starts a number of lessons that set you up for success when playing in complex meter.

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Chords on 1st and 2nd Triplet

Continuing with learning for polyrhythms, Dean discusses strategies for playing in eighth note triplets on the 1st and second eighth note.

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Chords on 1st and 3rd Triplet

It's not time to take the same concept you've been learning over the past several lessons and apply it to chords on the first and third triplet.

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Chords on 2nd and 3rd Triplet

Next in the triplet study, Dean is on to demonstrating the 2nd and 3rd triplet with chords. He'll show two different drummer options with a "chick" on the 1st triplet.

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Still working on triplets, it's now time to dive into practical application. Using the groove from his song Bigfoot, Dean provides a practical look at playing triplet rhythms and also discusses ghosting.

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Economy Strokes with Mixed Drummers

Rhythm playing with triplets is getting more complex now. Dean discusses using ghosting and economy strokes that he discussed in the previous lesson while mixing drummers.

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Funky Good Times

It's now time to take the triplet concepts you've been learning and put them all together to play the Funky Good Times groove.

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Actual Proof

Dean continue with his practical application studies, this time taking a look at the rhythm for Actual Proof.

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Hendrix Inspiration

Taking a deeper look into practical application, Dean takes a quick look at the rhythm concepts he uses inspired by Jimi Hendrix's playing.

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Adding Pull-Offs

Now that you should be getting more comfortable with most aspects of rhythm play, it's time to start adding more flare. Lesson 26 is all about adding in the pull-off.

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Odd Timed Phrases

As you expand your rhythm vocabulary, it's time to start looking at odd time signatures and how this effects your rhythm playing.

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Odd Timing in 7

Dean Brown takes the concepts he discussed in the previous lesson and applies them to playing rhythm in counts of seven.

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Lamp Shade

Dean gets back to some more practical application based on the most recent lessons he's taught. This time he's discussing the rhythm to his song Lamp Shade.

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Triplet Review

In lesson 30, Dean takes a step back and offers up a comprehensive review of triplets and how they work with the various drummers. You'll need to have this material solidly under your fingers before moving on.

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6/8 Grooving

Taking the concepts taught previously, it's time to take a look at a groove in 6/8 time. Dean provides some ideas on playing in 6 that will help you out.

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Playing in 6

Dean offers up another look at playing in 6 count rhythms for this final lesson of the series.

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Closing Remarks

To wrap up the series, Dean imparts some thoughts on practice and rhythm playing in general before signing off.

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