Berklee Online presents

Neil Larocque on Getting Through 2020 with His Guitar

Student Neil Larocque talks about being separated from his family in China during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, and how playing guitar helped him through.

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A person playing acoustic guitar.

Acoustic Guitar Techniques to Move Past Beginner Level

To get your acoustic guitar sounding like Joni Mitchell’s, Nick Drake’s, James Taylor’s, and Lindsey Buckingham’s, here are three acoustic guitar techniques that you can start practicing today.

Eddie Van Halen in His Own Words: Remembering a Rock Legend

Steve Morse reflects on the death of Eddie Van Halen with seven quotes that he collected throughout his three decades as rock critic at the Boston Globe.

Acoustic blues guitar with a slide.

How to Play Acoustic Blues Guitar

Learn the history and techniques to start playing acoustic blues guitar with these four tips from Berklee Online guitar instructor Dan Bowden.

Ritzy Bryan of Joy Formidable Talks Music Business, Relationships, and Finding Her Sound

Ritzy Bryan of the Joy Formidable discusses why her Welsh heritage is so important to her music, how her time on Atlantic Records helped inform her understanding of the music business, and how her guitar acrobatics hurt her Fender as well as the forehead of Joy Formidable bassist Rhydian Dafydd. 

Chilean artist Nano Stern

Nano Stern Talks Life on Tour and Musical Traditions

Chilean artist Nano Stern stopped by Berklee Online on the eve of his sixth US tour to play some music, discuss life on tour, and talk about musical traditions from Latin America.

Guitar Scales 101 with Boston’s Rush Hour Rockstar Peter Wolfe

A feature in the Boston Globe raised Peter Wolfe’s profile, and now he’s being recognized on the street and local politicians are asking to take selfies with him. Berklee Online signed him up for a complimentary course, and now he’s a brand ambassador.

Dean Ween (Mickey Melchiondo) on the Guitarists That Shaped Him

If the name Michael Melchiondo does not ring a bell, it’s because he is known professionally by his stage name of Dean Ween. Click to check out what Deaner was talking about. (That’s a Ween reference!)

Top Guitar Songs From Berklee Online Faculty

Members of the Guitar Department at Berklee College of Music share their favorite guitar picks. No, not like the things they play their guitars with, but the songs that moved them to play guitar!

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!