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6 Original Blues Guitar Architects to Rediscover

The musical elements of blues are distinctly African in origin—the pentatonic scales, polyrhythms, use of microtones and pitch bends, and call and response phrase structure all originate from the African continent. Black History Month is the perfect time to get reacquainted with these architects of the blues guitar.

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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.

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Film Scoring Tips from 5 Classic Movies

Ben Newhouse shares film scoring tips from the movies “Troy,” “Cold Mountain,” “The Green Mile,” “Jurassic Park,” and “The Matrix.”

Woman scoring music for video games.

Scoring for Games: Top Techniques for Composing Music for Interactive Media

Michael Sweet shares eight techniques that can be used to score interactive music for video games.

Metal Guitar

7 Fundamental Metal Guitar Techniques

Learn how to stop sounding mechanical and start sounding like some of your favorite Metal guitar artists in this series of video tutorials by Shaun Michaud.

The 1978 "Halloween" movie image of a jack-o'-lantern figure holding a knife.

The ‘Halloween’ Theme: What Makes the Music so Scary?

The music from the 1978 film Halloween was revolutionary, not just because director John Carpenter also composed the score, but because of Carpenter’s adventurous use of early synth pads and stabs, which helped him create one of the most powerful and creepiest soundtracks of all time.

A man producing music using Ableton Live on his laptop.

Improvising in Ableton Live

Break out of your rigid DAW routines and learn how to improvise in Ableton Live with the help of Berklee Online music production course author Erin Barra.

Jeannie Gagne singing into microphone.

Singing Lessons to Develop Your Sound and Style

In these five singing lessons, learn about breath support, agility and flexibility of the voice, how to match pitch, and more with the help of Jeannie Gagné.

Jazz guitar improvisation

10 Must-Know Jazz Scales for Improvisation

Learn the 10 scales that cover 95 percent of all jazz improvisation situations with the help of Gary Burton.

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.