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Songwriting and Guitar
To be a great performing songwriter/guitarist, you must write engaging and memorable lyrics, melodies, and harmonies, and you also need to understand the best way to translate your compositions to the guitar. This certificate program delivers the time-tested tools, theories, techniques, and applications to help you advance in both of these interconnected areas. As you study with Berklee’s award-winning faculty, which has furthered the music of countless singer-songwriters, you can also direct your own studies by selecting the electives within the program that will be most beneficial to you.
Master Certificate9 Courses (27 Credits)
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9 Courses to Complete this Certificate
6 Required Courses
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.
Generate more and better ideas. Express them in compelling and original ways.
Learn to create all types of melodic ideas that clearly convey the emotion of the lyrics to your audience. Then, learn how to develop those melodic ideas into complete sections and complete songs that your audiences will remember and, if you want, sing along with.
Plus, Choose Any 3 Electives from Our Course Catalog
Learn to make the most effective settings for your melodic, harmonic and lyrical ideas. Move your listeners and express yourself more effectively by crafting song sections and complete songs the way hit writers do.
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.
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.
Make your writing process more efficient and your lyrics more effective. Learn how to find a powerful and effective song title, and discover how to build lyrics, develop the rhythms of your song sections, create contrasting sections and ideas to re-color your chorus based on that title.
Learn to write for commercial success by reproducing the time-tested characteristics of hit songs while maintaining your own unique voice.
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