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Professional Certificate

Guitar Skills

Next semester starts April 5



4 Courses (12 Credits) or $1,497 Per Course
Only $5,389.20 when paid all at once

Beginning with guitar basics like chords and scales and moving on to nuances like improvisation techniques, form, control, and inflection, this Professional Certificate Program will take your guitar playing to the next level. Whether you play rock, jazz, folk, or metal, the mastery of the guitar skills taught in this program will move you in the right direction. Berklee’s faculty is unparalleled when it comes to delivering the personalized instruction and feedback that will help you turn the fretboard into a playground packed with unlimited possibilities.

Course Requirements

4 Required Courses to Complete this Certificate

Guitar Chords 101 (OGUIT-120)
Rick Peckham
Level 1 Course
by Rick Peckham

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.

Guitar Scales 101 (OGUIT-121)
Larry Baione
Level 1 Course
by Larry Baione

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 201: Chord Melody and Inversions (OGUIT-320)
Rick Peckham
Level 3 Course
by Rick Peckham

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.

Getting Your Guitar Sound (OGUIT-223)
Dan Bowden
Level 2 Course
by Dan Bowden

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

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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