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Intermediate Level

A​t least some familiarity with the guitar.

Approx. 9 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Look at a lead sheet and play chord voicings

  • Construct triads, 7th chords, and inversions

  • Play and know the voicings of various chord qualities such as a major triad, minor triad, dominant 7, and gospel chords

  • P​lay triads over bass notes

Skills you will gain

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Intermediate Level

A​t least some familiarity with the guitar.

Approx. 9 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Guitar Chord Voicings: Playing Up The Neck!

1 hour to complete
5 readings
5 readings
Welcome!10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
Submitting Your Projects10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
2 hours to complete

Triad Inversions

2 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 16 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Technique Tips4m
Triad Inversions Up the Fretboard6m
Minor Triad Inversions Up the Fretboard Part 12m
Minor Triad Inversions Up the Fretboard Part 244s
Triad Inversions Across the Fretboard1m
3 readings
Major Triad Inversions Up the Fretboard10m
Triad Inversions Across the Freboard10m
Submitting Your Projects10m
2 practice exercises
Triad Inversions30m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Major/Minor Triad Inversions30m
Week
2

Week 2

1 hour to complete

Barre and Power Chords

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 5 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Power Chords: Big Sound, Two Tones1m
Grooving with a Backing Track1m
3 readings
Power Chords: Big Sound, Two Tones10m
Barre Chords: Big Sound, Three or Four Tones10m
Minor Barre Chords10m
2 practice exercises
Barre Chords30m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Power Chords5m
Week
3

Week 3

1 hour to complete

Seventh Chords: Drop-2

1 hour to complete
3 videos (Total 7 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
3 videos
Drop-2 Voicings: Four Adjacent Strings2m
Drop 2 Chord Qualities3m
3 readings
Drop-2 and the Second Inversion10m
One Thing in All Keys10m
Dominant 7 Drop-2 Voicing Exercises10m
2 practice exercises
Chord Formula Quiz30m
SELF-ASSESSMENT: Practice Drop-2 Voicing5m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Chord Substitutions, Diatonic Chords, and Gospel Chords

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 14 min), 4 readings, 2 quizzes
4 videos
Technique Tips2m
IIImin7 over Imaj7 in All Keys2m
Gospel Chords7m
4 readings
Chord Substitutions10m
Substitute Chords for Major 7 Chords10m
Replacing One Chord with Another: Dominant Chords and "Sub-Five"10m
Sub-Five Dominant Chord Substitutions10m
1 practice exercise
Chord Substitutions, Diatonic Chords, Gospel Triads30m

About the How to Play Guitar Specialization

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....
How to Play Guitar

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