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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... (more)
Mark currently offers 47 guitar lessons at JamPlay, with 29 beginner lessons, 12 song lessons, 4 Lick & Riff Library entries and 2 entertainment videos.
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New to guitar and love the blues? This course is perfect for you!
Mark introduces his Phase 1 series and covers some fundamental electric guitar basics.
Mark provides a detailed overview of amplification. This lesson has some great info for any electric player.
Before we start rocking, Mark goes over some tools and training necessary to every beginning guitarist.
It's time to get some sound out of your guitar. Mark begins with picking hand technique.
Mark explains proper left hand technique from the ground up.
Mark teaches you all of the natural notes played in first position. He uses two classic melodies to supplement this information.
It's time to learn your first scale - the C major scale in first position. Mark also explains how the major scale is constructed.
Mark covers 7 basic chords in the key of C major.
Mark expands on chords in C major by showing full forms of the chords you learned in Part 1. He also teaches you the chord progression to a familiar tune.
It's time to start making some noise by using power chords and palm muting. Mark gives you the framework to start rocking with the 12 bar blues progression.
Take your knowledge of the notes in the first position and start jamming on a simple pentatonic riff.
Let's build on lesson 11 with an extended discussion of the pentatonic scale. For lesson 12, we'll simply add one note to the minor pentatonic scale to give us the famous minor blues scale. We'll also discuss new techniques to interject into your playing, including hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides, and vibrato.
Mark explains how to finger power chords and how they can be moved anywhere on the fretboard. He also shows an exercise that will help you remember the name of each power chord.
Mark Brennan explains rhythmic notation, tempos, time signatures, note values, and more in this lesson.
Mark explores the key of G major in this lesson. He covers the first position pattern of the scale and explains how it can be harmonized in thirds.
Mark teaches the basic chords of G major as well as some other exercises to get you acquainted with this key.
Mark explains the basics of D major.
Mark takes you through the chords of D major and explains some new ones that you haven't encountered yet.
Mark continues his discussion of power chords. This time around, he explains the circle of 5ths and demonstrates some power chord progressions that illustrate this concept.
Mark teaches the 1st box of the minor pentatonic scale.
Mark explains how you can transpose the pentatonic pattern covered in lesson 20 to the key of A minor. He also shows the "lower extension box" and "home plate box."
Mark teaches the difference between straight eighth notes and the shuffle feel.
In response to member requests, Mark added another amplification lesson to his growing phase 1 series. In this lesson, he compares 3 classes of amps from entry level models all the way to a Mesa Mark V.
In this lesson, Mark teaches some blues licks that can be used when improvising over a 12 bar blues progression.
Mark covers the key of A minor.
Mark teaches two movable major chord forms and gives many examples of how to practice playing them.
Mark Brennan shows you how to apply the chord forms learned in lesson 26 to a I-IV-V progression.
Mark Brennan continues his teachings on movable chord forms. In this lesson he shows the dominant 7th chords and how to use them in a 12 bar blues progression.
Mark Brennan teaches these minor chord forms and how they are movable up and down the fretboard. He also shows how to use these chords in common progressions.
Take a step back in time with Mark and learn to shred some rock n' roll classics.
Mark Brennan and his wife, Marla, take on "She Talks to Angels". This song is from The Black Crowes release, Shake Your Money Maker.
"Big Yellow Taxi" appears on Joni Mitchell's Ladies of the Canyon, released in 1970.
Mark teaches you the ins and outs of a Stevie Nicks' / Fleetwood Mac fan favorite. After Mark plays the full song demo, Marla (Mark's lovely wife) joins him and sings this beautiful song.
Mark Brennan takes you through the mega hit that brought Lifehouse international attention.
Mark Brennan teaches this classic rock song by Jethro Tull.
Mark Brennan teaches this classic rock staple.
Mark Brennan teaches this Creedence Clearwater Revival classic.
Mark Brennan teaches you how to play this hit song from Eric Clapton. Released on Money And Cigarettes in 1983, the song has had a recent boost in popularity thanks to its use in a cell phone commercial.
Mark Brennan returns to JamPlay with a song lesson for "Dear Prudence" by The Beatles. Originally released on the famous White Album, this song was written about Prudence Farrow.
Mark Brennan returns to his Phase 3 lesson set with a lesson on the classic Beatles tune "Blackbird." This is a somewhat simple, but elegant fingerstyle acoustic arrangement that chronicles the struggles of the civil rights movement.
Mark Brennan returns with another song for his Phase 3 series. In this lesson, he tackles the Beatles tune "Rocky Raccoon." This is The Beatles' attempt at a bit of humor and some country western flair.
Our Lick & Riff Video Library can help you break out of your standard techniques, and can inspire your creativity to move your playing forward.
Check out some concerts and events filmed by the JamPlay staff.
Mark Brennan and his Pink Floyd tribute band recently played a show at The House of Blues in Cleveland, and the JamPlay cameras were rolling. Mark Brennan reviews his live setup and gear at a recent show in Cleveland, OH.
Mark Brennan's Pink Floyd tribute band performs a full set at the House of Blues in their home town of Cleveland, Ohio. Songs performed in this set include: "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" - "Time" - "Mother" - "Dogs" - "Coming Back To Life" "Another Brick In The Wall" - "One Of These Days" - "Comfortably Numb" - "Wish You Were Here" and more.
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