Have you always wanted to play the guitar, but never knew where to start? Whether you’re just picking up the guitar for the first time or you just want to brush up on your skills, the Guitar Techniques specialization created by Berklee College of Music will help you practice the techniques you need to bring your playing to the next level. Throughout this 16-week specialization, you’ll lay a firm foundation by learning and practicing major, minor, and pentatonic scales as well as triads and chords. You’ll also practice improvising, writing melodies and licks, and playing through lead sheets. By the end of this specialization, you’ll have learned the skills and confidence to perform your favorite songs in front of an audience.
Throughout this specialization, you will practice and perform various guitar techniques and skills including scales, chords, strumming, and picking. You'll practice your new skills up and down the guitar neck and in different positions. You'll also perform rhythm and melody lines reading a lead sheet, using tablature and notation.
No previous background necessary.
No previous background necessary.
Berklee College of Music was founded on the revolutionary principle that the best way to prepare students for careers in music is through the study and practice of contemporary music. For more than half a century, the college has evolved to reflect the state of the art of music and the music business. Berklee serves distance learners worldwide through its award-winning online extension school, Berklee Online.
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Can I just enroll in a single course?
Yes! To get started, click the course card that interests you and enroll. You can enroll and complete the course to earn a shareable certificate, or you can audit it to view the course materials for free. When you subscribe to a course that is part of a Specialization, you’re automatically subscribed to the full Specialization. Visit your learner dashboard to track your progress.
Is financial aid available?
Yes, Coursera provides financial aid to learners who cannot afford the fee. Apply for it by clicking on the Financial Aid link beneath the "Enroll" button on the left. You'll be prompted to complete an application and will be notified if you are approved. You'll need to complete this step for each course in the Specialization, including the Capstone Project. Learn more.
Can I take the course for free?
When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.
Is this course really 100% online? Do I need to attend any classes in person?
This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.
How long does it take to complete the Specialization?
The total length of the specialization is 18 weeks.
What background knowledge is necessary?
No prior music knowledge or guitar skills are necessary.
Do I need to take the courses in a specific order?
We highly recommend you complete the courses in the recommended order:
Guitar for Beginners
Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions.
Guitar Chord Voicings: Playing Up the Neck
Guitar Performance Techniques
Will I earn university credit for completing the Specialization?
What will I be able to do upon completing the Specialization?
You will be able to:
Read guitar tablature and notation
Play chords and scales on the guitar in multiple positions
Read lead sheets
Play rhythm and lead guitar lines
Play songs - both rhythm and melody lines
Improvise and solo on the guitar
Use proper posture and technique while playing