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Guitar Chords 101: Triad Inversions Up the Fretboard

Chord inversions help to smooth out motion from chord to chord, harmonize melodies, and allow smooth bass motion. On the guitar, use of inversions allows the player to be able to play some form of a given chord virtually anywhere on the neck. Inversions are your friend!


Berklee Online Unveils Online Guitar Tuner

To celebrate its brand new first-of-its-kind Bachelor of Professional Studies degree in guitar, Berklee Online has just unveiled a brand new one-of-a-kind Online Guitar Tuner.

INFOGRAPHIC: See How Online Tuition Stacks Up

The most effective way to save money on a quality college education is to get your degree online.

Brian Funk Ableton Live Tutorial: Making Drums that Don't Sound Robotic

Berklee Online instructor and Ableton Certified Trainer Brian Funk (AKA AfroDJMac) demonstrates how to make an electronic beat that feels more human.

Reharmonization: Chord Substitution

In order to use chord substitution as a reharmonization technique, you must understand the division of the seven diatonic chords.

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Cover Letter and Cold Letter Best Practices for Musicians

In this excerpt from “How to Get a Job in the Music and Recording Industry,” Keith Hatschek explains how to write effective cold letters and cover letters.

4 Elements of Lyric Structure

In this excerpt from “Introduction in Songwriting: Essential Guide to Lyric Form and Structure,” Pat Pattison explains the elements of lyrics.

How to Play Slap Bass

One of the most challenging aspects of playing slap bass is maintaining an even, full, clear sound. Keep on practicing these exercises and you’ll notice significant improvement in your slapping.

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What is Melody in a Song?

Learn the basics of writing melody with the help of Jack Perricone’s book “Melody in Songwriting: Tools and Techniques for Writing Hit Songs.”

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Piano Voicing Techniques

Understanding the basics of piano voicings and the use of common tensions is a first step in creating effective orchestrations of reharmonized melodies.