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Professional Certificate

Guitar Skills

Next semester starts September 23



4 Courses (12 Credits) or $1,545 Per Course
Only $5,562.00 when paid all at once
New! Now with expanded course options!
Based on your feedback, and our commitment to offering the strongest, broadest course choices, you can now tailor your learning experience to your interests, while earning the same prestigious credential! Check out the more expanded course options below.
Nobody becomes a guitar virtuoso overnight, but this Professional Certificate Program sets you on a path that—with practice and persistence—can lead to guitar greatness. Once you gain a foundation in guitar basics like chords and scales, you’ll have the freedom to choose from a wide array of more advanced guitar skills, like improvisation, music technology, chord melodies and inversions, and how to establish your own unique sound on the instrument. With multiple paths to choose from, you’re empowered to build your own certificate that’s custom to who you are as a musician and who you want to be as a guitarist.

Course Requirements

4 Courses to Complete this Certificate

Complete These 2 Required Courses

  • Guitar Chords 101 (OGUIT-120 • Level 1 Course)

    Add dynamics and expression to your playing and gain a greater feel for your instrument through Berklee’s approach to constructing chords and chord voicings.

  • Guitar Scales 101 (OGUIT-121 • Level 1 Course)

    Develop your technique, and learn to confidently navigate the guitar fretboard by gaining a firm understanding of scales and modes.

Choose 2 Guitar Skills Courses

  • Basic Improvisation (OPERF-110 • Level 1 Course)

    Learn an approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and instruments by studying legendary players and finding your own style by learning to develop solos on the fly.

  • Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation (OPERF-312 • Level 3 Course)

    Learn the art of jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world.

  • Getting Your Guitar Sound (OGUIT-223 • Level 2 Course)

    Learn to use your ears, hands, and the tools of the trade to play jazz, rock, blues, country, and other genres, with an authentic guitar tone.

  • Guitar Chords 201: Chord Melody and Inversions (OGUIT-320 • Level 3 Course)

    Improve your style, technique, and tone as you learn open triads, 7th chord structures, open triadic shapes, and inversions in a variety of musical styles

  • Guitar Fundamentals (OGUIT-105 • Level 1 Course)

    Guitar Fundamentals is a comprehensive introduction to the instrument. The course explores basic techniques for chord-playing and melodic improvisation, and introduces a variety of chord forms and scale patterns.

  • Guitar Improvisation Techniques (OGUIT-420 • Level 4 Course)

    Learn to play a great guitar solo! Guitar Improvisation Techniques is for guitarists who may know the technical aspects of playing, but lack the theory needed to build a solo that moves listeners.

  • Music Technology for Guitarists (OGUIT-110 • Level 1 Course)

    Learn how to use a DAW and master guitar amplifier modeling and effects processing, in addition to several other digital technologies applicable to recording and live performance.

Upon Completion of this Certificate Program, You'll Receive:

  • Professional credential from the world leader in music education
  • Credits that may be eligible for transfer toward a Bachelor's degree program
  • A physical certificate from Berklee College of Music
  • A verified, digital certificate that you can share


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