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Guitar
5 Courses (15 credits)

$7,000
Complete certificate tuition

To become a truly accomplished guitarist, you first have to master the basics. Players that have
an intimate understanding of chords, scales, blues and rock, and improvisation techniques are
more comfortable in different musical situations, and are more dynamic, expressive and well-
rounded guitarists. This extensive program provides students with a wide array of tools and the
knowledge necessary to develop their technique and gain a greater feel for their instrument.

The program begins by detailing Berklee's approach to the construction of chords. In
Berkleemusics rich learning platform, which feature Flash movies, interactive quizzes,
instructional videos, guitar tablatures and practice mp3 tracks, students will learn to construct
and play triads and basic 7th chords, as well as look at inversions and different chord voicings,
the basic foundations guitarists use to write or perform in any number of different styles. With
personalized instruction and comments from Berklee's world-renowned guitar instructors,
students will gain an extensive chord vocabulary, which will prove invaluable in pursuing any
style of music.

Once students have completed their chord study, the program moves on to cover another
fundamental building block to guitar mastery: scales. Students will learn the major and
pentatonic scales, and how these scales work at different points up the neck. Theyll learn to
construct and play blues, Dorian, and Mixolydian scales in all keys, and apply these scales to
performance-based weekly musical examples and practice exercises.

Next, students will gain a foundation in form, control, feel and harmonies, by studying the
blues and the nuances of the masters in that genre. Theyll learn the 12-bar blues harmony,
basic rhythm guitar technique, and the pentatonic and blues scale in the open position up the
neck. Students will learn to create tension and release in their solos a technique mastered by
all the greatest guitarists. From there, students will learn methods of improvisation, phrasing,
scales, chords, rhythms, fretboard mastery, and sound conception by studying the selected
works of different classic rock masters, including Clapton, Hendrix, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck,
and Jimmy Page.


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The program wraps up by presenting a step-by-step approach to improvisation that applies to
all musical styles. You'll transcribe, record, and submit for instructor review excerpts of solos
from legendary players from many different genres (BB King, Stevie Wonder, James Brown,
Charlie Parker, Lester Young, Jimmy Page, Louis Armstrong and others). You'll develop an
understanding of the inflexions, feel, and nuances of these different players and their
improvisation techniques and learn to incorporate these techniques into your own playing.
Required Courses

Guitar Chords 101

Rick Peckham (12 weeks, 3 credits)
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.
1-Book: Music theory book 1 and 2
2- The Ultimate Guitar Chord Chart [Paperback]
Hal Leonard Corp.
3- GUITAR FRETBOARD WORKBOOK [PAPERBACK]
Barrett Tagliarino

Guitar Scales 101

Larry Baione (12 weeks, 3 credits)
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.
Book:
1-Book: Music theory book 1 and 2
-MUSIC THEORY FOR GUITARISTS: EVERYTHING YOU EVER WANTED TO KNOW BUT WERE
AFRAID TO ASK (GUITAR METHOD) [PAPERBACK]
Tom Kolb
GUITARIST'S GUIDE TO SCALES OVER CHORDS-THE
FOUNDATION OF MELODIC GUITAR SOLOING(BK/CD) (BOOK & CD)
[PAPERBACK]
Chad Johnson
THE ULTIMATE SCALE BOOK [PAPERBACK]
Troy Stetina


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Blues Guitar

Michael Williams (12 weeks, 3 credits)
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.
BLUES RHYTHM GUITAR (MASTER CLASS) [PAPERBACK]
Keith Wyatt
BLUES BY THE BAR: COOL RIFFS THAT SOUND GREAT OVER EACH PORTION OF THE BLUES
PROGRESSION (BOOK & CD) [PAPERBACK]
Chris Hunt
GUITARIST'S GUIDE TO SCALES OVER CHORDS-THE FOUNDATION OF MELODIC GUITAR
SOLOING(BK/CD) (BOOK & CD) [PAPERBACK]
Chad Johnson
GUITAR AEROBICS: A 52-WEEK, ONE-LICK-PER-DAY WORKOUT PROGRAM FOR DEVELOPING,
IMPROVING AND MAINTAINING GUITAR TECHNIQUE [PAPERBACK]
Troy Nelson


Classic Rock Guitar

Joe Musella (12 weeks, 3 credits)
Elevate your playing by learning the styles and techniques of the architects of classic rock
guitar: Hendrix, Clapton, Beck, Gilmour, and Page.

Basic Improvisation

Edward Tomassi, Matt Marvuglio, Jim Odgren (12 weeks, 3 credits)
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!
- HARMONY AND THEORY: A COMPREHENSIVE SOURCE FOR ALL MUSICIANS (ESSENTIAL CONCEPTS
(MUSICIANS INSTITUTE).) [SHEET MUSIC]
Carl Schroeder (Author), Keith Wyatt
- EAR TRAINING FOR THE CONTEMPORARY MUSICIAN [ABRIDGED] [PAPERBACK]
Joe Elliott
- HEARING AND WRITING MUSIC: PROFESSIONAL TRAINING FOR TODAY'S MUSICIAN (2ND EDITION)
[PAPERBACK]
Ron Gorow