Become a Better Guitarist with Berklee

Develop your sound and become a more well-rounded guitarist. Learn chords and scales in any style, and advance your blues, rock, jazz, and funk technique.

12-Week Courses

Courses are best for students who are looking to meet a specific need, or simply want to get started with Berklee Online.

Winter Term Starts January 11 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates

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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Guitar Chords 201: Chord Melody and Inversions

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.

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.

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Blues Guitar

Learn the techniques and licks of classic blues stylists, such as T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, B.B. King, and Magic Sam. Gain a foundation in form, control, feel, and harmony that will help to bring a blues sound to your playing or add more depth to any other style of music.

Jazz Guitar 101

Study the styles of some of the most influential jazz guitarists, and learn the basics behind the jazz language: chord/scale usage, building melodic tension, and improvisation techniques.

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.

Jazz Guitar 201: Advanced Jazz Guitar Improvisation

Develop your jazz guitar performance skills by learning advanced techniques to improvise over chord changes, both in traditional “standards” and complex modern harmony.

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.

Acoustic Blues Guitar

Develop a foundational, working repertoire in the acoustic blues style that includes early and contemporary material from the Mississippi Delta, Texas, Georgia/Carolinas, and more. Learn to fingerpick melodies and solos over independent bass patterns, and perform in the acoustic bottleneck slide style in both standard and open tunings.

Funk/Rock and R&B Guitar Soloing

Learn the appropriate scales, the best use of effects, and the rhythmic and melodic timing to create an authentic funk-based solo and sound.

Acoustic Guitar Techniques

Strengthen your rhythmic strumming, use of alternate tunings, and fingerstyle playing, and improve your fluency, tone, dynamics, and control.

Rhythm and Groove Guitar

Learn the rhythmic techniques and chord tools that are the foundation of groove-based music. Expand your chord knowledge and learn to construct original rhythm guitar grooves that you can apply to a wide variety of music styles.

Getting Your Guitar Sound

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.

Fundamentals of Classical Guitar

Gain a foundational, working repertoire for the classical guitar. Develop an extensive repertoire of techniques, including tremolo, rasguedo, harmonics, slurs, and percussion effects.

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.

Gary Burton: Jazz Improvisation

Learn the art of Jazz improvisation from Gary Burton, one of the most renowned improvisers in the jazz world. Learn different types and styles of compositions from the perspective of the improviser, and take an in-depth look at how mental, harmonic, and melodic processes contribute to the instinctive skills that an improviser puts to use when taking a solo.

Basic Improvisation

Learn a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to all styles and any instrument. Develop your solos by studying the riffs and licks of legendary players, and learn to incorporate the inflexions, feel, and nuances of the masters into your own playing!

Winter Term Starts January 11 for Courses and Multi-Course Certificates

Multi-Course Certificates

Certificate programs are 3-18 months in duration and are designed for students who want to gain a deeper proficiency in a chosen area.

Programs marked with " Degree Path Certificate" allow you to earn credits that transfer directly into the online Bachelor of Professional Studies degree program. Upon successful completion of a degree path certificate, you'll be awarded provisional acceptance into the certificate's correlating degree major. Learn More About Degree Path Certificates

Master Certificates (8-12 Courses)


Immerse yourself in the structural fundamentals of chords and scales, and learn the major elements of Blues, Rock, and Jazz in our most extensive guitar-focused certificate program.

24 Credits
Songwriting and Guitar

This program is the perfect match of time-tested tools, theories, techniques, and applications that you can use immediately to hone your craft and become a more successful and well-versed songwriter, guitarist, and performing musician.

27 Credits
Guitar and Music Production
Degree Path Certificate

To generate the guitar sound you’re looking for in your recordings, you need the combination of performance and music production skills taught in this certificate program.

27 Credits

Professional Certificates (4-6 Courses)


Become a well-rounded guitarist by learning a wide array of tools and the knowledge necessary to develop your technique and gain a greater feel for your instrument.

15 Credits
Jazz Guitar

Build up your fundamental skills in great detail, and learn to play jazz guitar in creative and expressive ways.

15 Credits
Rock Guitar

Learn the necessary scales, chord voicings, and approaches to both rhythm and lead guitar to get you on the road to becoming a melodic craftsman, fluent in any rock style from Texas blues to progressive rock.

15 Credits
General Music Studies

The Professional Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to choose five courses from any interest area for a dedicated certificate program.

15 Credits

Specialist Certificates (3 Courses)

Guitar Skills

Build the foundation you’ll need to advance essential guitar concepts, and gain the knowledge necessary to develop your technique and hone your skills in any style.

9 Credits

Develop your ears and transcribing skills, learn the solo riffs, licks, mental process, and practice methods of the masters, and establish a solid path towards becoming an accomplished improviser yourself!

9 Credits
General Music Studies

The Specialist Certificate in General Music Studies provides students with the flexibility to choose three courses from any interest area for a dedicated certificate program.

9 Credits

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