Become a Better Bassist with Berklee
Develop your sound and become a well-rounded bassist. Learn rhythmic, harmonic, and melodic bass lines, and advance your blues, rock, and jazz playing.
Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online. No application necessary.
Learn to play R&B bass in the style of the master players. Expand your bass playing in the context of a professional, live music performance or recording session.
Study the music of famous electric and acoustic bass players, and learn to create and perform your own unique bass lines in a variety of different styles.
Gain the tools and knowledge you need to improvise jazz bass lines like a seasoned professional. Learn to play great jazz bass lines, recognize common chord progressions in jazz standards, and study the work of jazz bass greats like Paul Chambers, Ray Brown, Ron Carter, and Christian McBride.
Popularized in the 70s with groups such as Sly and the Family Stone, slap bass has become an essential technique in any electric bassist's toolkit. In Slap Bass, you will learn the fundamentals of playing slap, from traditional to advanced modern techniques, and learn to construct your own slap lines over original songs.
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!
Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area. No application necessary.
Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)
Degree programs are the most affordable and flexible option for earning your music degree from Berklee College of Music. They are the best option for students who want a music education degree and the full Berklee experience.
“Build your own” music major by selecting coursework from a number of disciplines that align with your personal career goals.
This major is geared specifically for new and entering students who are not yet ready to declare their major.
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