Online Guitar Courses

Our 12-week online guitar courses are authored and taught by industry experts and the same renowned instructors that teach at Berklee College of Music's Boston campus.

  • Accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE)
  • Credits transfer to hundreds of other colleges and universities
  • Many Berklee Online courses apply toward certificates and degree programs
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    Acoustic Blues Guitar
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore acoustic blues guitar, from fingerpicking melodies to soloing over independent bass patterns, to performing in the acoustic bottleneck slide style.
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    Acoustic Guitar Techniques
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Strengthen your rhythmic strumming, use of alternate tunings, and fingerstyle playing, and improve your fluency, tone, dynamics, and control.
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    Advanced Blues Guitar
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn how to play rhythm guitar parts and solos over a variety of blues progressions, grooves, and tempos in styles such as shuffles, funky blues, soul, and more.
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    Basic Improvisation
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
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    Blues Guitar
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the techniques and licks of blues legends such as T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, B.B. King, and more to explore the form, feel, and harmony that will help to bring a blues sound to your playing.
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    Classic Rock Guitar
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Elevate your playing by learning the styles and techniques of the architects of classic rock guitar: Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour, and Page.
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    Fundamentals of Classical Guitar
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a foundational, working repertoire for classical guitar and learn techniques including tremolo, rasgueado, slurs, and percussion effects.
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    Funk/Rock and R&B Guitar Soloing
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the appropriate scales, the best use of effects, and the rhythmic and melodic timing to create an authentic funk-based solo and sound.
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    Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn the art of jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world.
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    Getting Your Guitar Sound
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
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    Guitar Chords 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
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    Guitar Chords 201: Chord Melody and Inversions
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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
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    Guitar Ensemble Techniques
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Explore the many creative and technical considerations you need to know to mix music in today’s production environment.
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    Guitar Improvisation Techniques
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
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    Guitar Scales 101
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Develop your technique, and learn to confidently navigate the guitar fretboard by gaining a firm understanding of scales and modes.
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    Jazz Guitar 101
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Study the styles of some of the most influential jazz guitarists, and learn the basics behind language, building melodic tension, and improvisation techniques.
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    Jazz Guitar 201: Advanced Jazz Guitar Improvisation
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Develop your jazz guitar performance skills by learning advanced techniques to improvise over chord changes, both in traditional standards and modern harmony.
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    Metal Guitar
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Master solos and rhythm parts in the metal/progressive rock style by learning scales, shapes, and theory on the guitar fretboard.
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    Music Technology for Guitarists
    Level 1

    Level 1

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    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.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 1
    Gain the theoretical foundation for guitar performance, mastering topics such as chromatic and major scale forms and the chord forms these scales represent.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 2
    Learn the melodic minor scale, the harmonic possibilities it represents, and gain a mastery of related triads across the fretboard in the most common keys.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 3
    Where Private Guitar Lesson Level 2 introduced the melodic minor scale and the harmonic possibilities represented by the scale, Level 3 does the same with the harmonic minor scale and its chordal possibilities.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 4
    Explore the major and minor pentatonic scale in two octaves across the fretboard and an expansion of melodic minor chord forms.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 5
    Focus on the major scale in all keys and in various positions, explore chord inversions further, voice leading, and the chromatic scale.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 6
    Explore melodic minor in all keys and three octaves, the whole tone scale in all keys, and master four-part arpeggios and chord voicings in all keys.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 7
    Private Guitar Lesson Level 7 builds upon the knowledge gained in earlier levels regarding the harmonic minor scale and its chordal possibilities.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 8
    Private Guitar Lesson Level 8 continues the application of the harmonic minor scale and its chordal possibilities in all keys.
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    Private Guitar Lesson Level 9
    Private Guitar Lesson Level 9 is an opportunity for you to creatively demonstrate the depth and breadth of the skills you have developed in the guitar program.
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    Rhythm and Groove Guitar
    Level 2

    Level 2

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Expand your chord knowledge and learn to construct original rhythm guitar grooves that you can apply to a wide variety of music styles.
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    Solo Guitar: Performance, Accompaniment, and Arranging
    Level 3

    Level 3

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Learn harmony as it relates to the guitar fretboard, rhythm as it relates to different musical grooves, and improv concepts to build a solo guitar piece.
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    Steve Vai Guitar Techniques
    Level 4

    Level 4

    Credit: $1,497
    Non-credit: $1,250
    Gain a deep understanding and command of the playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts of guitar legend and Berklee alum Steve Vai.