Professional Certificate

Rock Guitar

Next Term Starts April 3

As a rock guitarist, do you want to shred like Berklee alumnus Steve Vai or be a melodic craftsman like alumnus John Mayer? Maybe you’d like to be an in-demand hired gun ready to take on anything from Texas blues to progressive rock at a moment’s notice. Nobody becomes a virtuoso overnight, but this certificate program can ensure that you make the most of your practice time and talent. You’ll begin with scales and chords then explore how phrasing, rhythm, tone, modes, and improvisation techniques can take your playing to the next level.

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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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Classic Rock Guitar

Elevate your playing by learning the styles and techniques of the architects of classic rock guitar: Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour, and Page.

Guitar Improvisation Techniques

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.

Steve Vai Guitar Techniques

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 Vai's best-known compositions and virtuosic techniques, and learn to improve your own solos, chord and rhythm playing, and overall voice on the guitar.


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