Professional Certificate

Blues Guitar

Next Term Starts April 3


Get your mojo working with the Blues Guitar Professional Certificate program and gain command over the methods that Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, Lightnin’ Hopkins, and other blues greats contributed to the form. With the help of ace members of Berklee’s guitar department you’ll build a vocabulary of chords and scales, master blues techniques like bottleneck slide and fingerpicked melodies, and explore your own personal sound. Upon completion, you’ll have all the rhythms, riffs, licks, leads, and solos you need to play the blues.

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5 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Guitar Scales 101

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.

Guitar Chords 101

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.

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Getting Your Guitar Sound

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.

Blues Guitar

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.

Acoustic Blues Guitar

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.


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