Become a Better Guitarist with Berklee
Develop your sound and become a more well-rounded guitarist. Learn chords and scales in any style, and advance your blues, rock, jazz, and funk technique.
Add more dynamics and expression to your playing and gain a greater feel for your instrument by learning Berklee's approach to the construction of chords and chord voicings.
Master Berklee's approach to playing guitar chords. Improve your style, intonation, technique, time feel, and tone in this in-depth course. Explore open triads, seventh chord structures, open triadic shapes, and inversions in a variety of musical styles.
Organize the guitar fretboard, develop your technique, and learn to confidently navigate the instrument by gaining a firm understanding of the pentatonic, blues, major, melodic minor, and harmonic minor scales and their modes.
Learn the techniques and licks of classic blues stylists, such as T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, B.B. King, and Magic Sam. Gain a foundation in form, control, feel, and harmony that will help to bring a blues sound to your playing or add more depth to any other style of music.
Study the styles of some of the most influential jazz guitarists, and learn the basics behind the jazz language: chord/scale usage, building melodic tension, and improvisation techniques.
Elevate your playing by learning the styles and techniques of the architects of classic rock guitar: Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour, and Page.
Develop your jazz guitar performance skills by learning advanced techniques to improvise over chord changes, both in traditional standards and complex modern harmony.
Learn to play a great guitar solo! Guitar Improvisation Techniques is designed to help guitarists who may have learned the technical aspects of playing, but lack the theoretical application of the musical elements that make up a strong solo that moves the listener.
Develop a foundational, working repertoire in the acoustic blues style that includes early and contemporary material from the Mississippi Delta, Texas, Georgia/Carolinas, and more. Learn to fingerpick melodies and solos over independent bass patterns, and perform in the acoustic bottleneck slide style in both standard and open tunings.
Learn the appropriate scales, the best use of effects, and the rhythmic and melodic timing to create an authentic funk-based solo and sound.
Strengthen your rhythmic strumming, use of alternate tunings, and fingerstyle playing, and improve your fluency, tone, dynamics, and control.
Learn the rhythmic techniques and chord tools that are the foundation of groove-based music. Expand your chord knowledge and learn to construct original rhythm guitar grooves that you can apply to a wide variety of music styles.
Learn to use your ears, hands, and the tools of the trade to play jazz, rock, blues, country and other genres, with a hi-quality, authentic and persuasive guitar tone.
Gain a foundational, working repertoire for the classical guitar. Develop an extensive repertoire of techniques, including tremolo, rasguedo, harmonics, slurs, and percussion effects.
Gain a deep understanding and command of the playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts of guitar legend and Berklee alum Steve Vai. Learn the secrets behind Vais best-known compositions and virtuosic techniques, and learn to improve your own solos, chord and rhythm playing, and overall voice on the guitar.
Learn the art of Jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.
Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!
Master Certificates (8-12 Courses)
Immerse yourself in the structural fundamentals of chords and scales, and learn the major elements of Blues, Rock, and Jazz in our most extensive guitar-focused certificate program.
This program is the perfect match of time-tested tools, theories, techniques, and applications that you can use immediately to hone your craft and become a more successful and well-versed songwriter, guitarist, and performing musician.
Gain an impressive background in music production and guitar in this wide-ranging program. Learn to set up your own studio, and master chord, scales, and getting the idea sound from both your guitar and your home recordings.
Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)
Become a well-rounded guitarist by learning a wide array of tools and the knowledge necessary to develop your technique and gain a greater feel for your instrument.
Build up your fundamental skills in great detail, and learn to play jazz guitar in creative and expressive ways.
Learn the necessary scales, chord voicings, and approaches to both rhythm and lead guitar to get you on the road to becoming a melodic craftsman, fluent in any rock style from Texas blues to progressive rock.
Become a versatile rock guitarist by exploring a variety of genres—Rock, Rhythm & Groove, and Blues. You’ll study the legends and master the tools and techniques specific to each type of music, while finding and perfecting your own unique style as well.
Create your own certificate program by adding five courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.
Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)
Create your own certificate program by adding three courses from any interest area into a dedicated program.
Develop a well-rounded background in acoustic guitar, with a focus on two very important music genres within the acoustic guitar world – Classical and Blues.
Gain a well-rounded background in playing blues on the guitar. Expand your musical foundation and enhance your ability, whether you're trying to bring a blues sound to your playing or adding more depth and feel to any other style.
Learn the key Blues, Rock, and Jazz chords, scales, phrasings, and improvisational techniques that will set the groundwork for whatever style of music you want to play, as well as make you a more comfortable player in many different live settings.
Build the foundation you’ll need to advance essential guitar concepts, and gain the knowledge necessary to develop your technique and hone your skills in any style.
Develop your ears and transcribing skills, learn the solo riffs, licks, mental process, and practice methods of the masters, and establish a solid path towards becoming an accomplished improviser yourself!
This certificate is designed to teach you the secrets and techniques of one of the greatest electric guitarists of all time, and help you make those techniques part of your own repertoire.
Fall Term Starts September 29 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates
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