Next Term Starts January 8

Private Guitar Lesson Level 1 focuses on the theoretical foundation for guitar performance. Upon completion, students will be able to play chromatic and major scale forms, and understand the chord forms represented by these scales. Students will master triads across the fretboard in the most common keys before moving on to four-part chords and arpeggios, and applying this knowledge to a final musical piece under the guidance of the instructor.

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By the end of Private Guitar Lesson Level 1, you will be able to:

  • Play major and chromatic scales in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A in two octaves from the tonic (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play triad chords in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A, starting from the root position across the fretboard in one octave

  • Play triad arpeggios in the keys of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A one octave from the root (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Play four-part chords from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7, Maj6, Min6, Min9, 9, 7b9, 7#9, 13—one form for each

  • Play four-part arpeggios from the roots of C, F, Bb, Eb, G, D, A of Maj7, Min7, Dom7, Min7b5, Dom7sus4, 7#5, Dim7—one octave from root (min. tempo of 60 beats per minute)

  • Read level-appropriate single note and chords with rhythm notation

  • Perform a piece that is approximately three minutes in length

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Requirements

Prerequisites

None required


No Required Textbooks


Software Requirements

A recording tool is provided within the course that will allow students to record videos of themselves playing for assignment submission. Alternatively, students can use a digital camera, smartphone, or tablet to record assignments.

Mac Users

  • OS X 10.9 Mavericks or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Windows Users

  • Windows 7 or higher (click here for system requirements)
  • Latest version of Google Chrome

Hardware Requirements

  • Audio interface such as the IK Multimedia Stealthplug, Focusrite Scarlett 2i2, Mbox, etc. See the Student Deals page for discounts
  • A built-in microphone or an external microphone plugged directly into your computer (via built in ports or an external audio interface)
  • 2 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)
  • 500 MB hard drive space
  • Speakers or headphones
  • Webcam
  • Internet connection with at least 4 Mbps download speed ( http://www.speedtest.net to verify or download the Speedtest by Ookla app from your mobile app store)

Instructors

To learn more about scheduling a Private Lesson with Berklee Guitar faculty, click here.

Questions?

Contact our Academic Advisors by phone at 1-866-BERKLEE (U.S.), 1-617-747-2146 (INT'L), or by email at advisors@online.berklee.edu.

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