About this Course
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You’ve got the guitar basics down: You can strum your guitar and play a few of your favorite songs, but you’re ready to take the tunes to the next level. In Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions you’ll expand your knowledge of scales, chord fingerings, and common chord progressions. You’ll also learn important skills for soloing, creating melodies, and adding depth and dimension to your guitar playing. This course is not only for the aspiring guitarist who has taken Berklee’s Guitar for Beginners, but also for guitarists who have let their six-string gather dust for too long, and want to brush up on techniques. Each lesson covers the four basic aspects you’ll need to sharpen your guitar chops: scales, arpeggios, chord progressions, and rhythm. Amanda’s practical approach to learning these important elements is fun and helps you to use what you’re learning and practicing in a real musical setting. You’ll improve your playing and creativity, whether it be as a singer-songwriter, a guitarist accompanying a singer, or a player in the band. By the end of this course, you’ll be more comfortable playing throughout the neck, and you’ll gain a better understanding of chord structure and how each chord relates to tonal centers or keys. You’ll also be able to solo and improvise by playing simple lead guitar lines based on the minor pentatonic scale. Whether your preference is for acoustic or electric, the curriculum is designed to turn you into a real guitarist....
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Approx. 9 hours to complete

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100% online courses

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Intermediate Level

Intermediate Level

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Approx. 9 hours to complete

Suggested: 4 weeks of study, 2-5 hours/week...
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English

Subtitles: English...

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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1 hour to complete

Welcome to Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions!

Welcome to Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions! Here we will cover all the details about the course and what you'll need to know to get the most out of your experience....
Reading
1 video (Total 2 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
Reading3 readings
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Certificate10m
Quiz1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
Clock
2 hours to complete

Scales

In this lesson, we'll be learning and practicing the pentatonic scale. First we'll learn the b3 pentatonic scale, then the b7 pentatonic scale, and then we'll learn how to play the scale on one string. We'll also work on improvising using a single string. Finally, we'll practice playing scales in a moveable open position. ...
Reading
7 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
The b3 Pentatonic Scale3m
The b7 Pentatonic Scale3m
The Major Scale and Improvising On One String3m
The Pentatonic Scale on One String3m
Playing a Scale in a Moveable Open Position5m
Putting It All Together3m
Reading3 readings
Practicing the b3 and the b7 Pentatonic Scales30m
Practicing On One String20m
Practicing Scales30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Scales20m
Self Assessment: Practicing Scales6m
Week
2
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3 hours to complete

Arpeggios

This lesson, we'll be working with arpeggios, which means playing the notes in a chord one at a time. We'll be learning and practicing major, minor, diminished, and augmented arpeggiated chords. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 19 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
Major Arpeggios3m
Minor Arpeggios3m
Diminished Arpeggios2m
Augmented Arpeggios4m
Putting It All Together3m
Reading5 readings
Practicing Major Arpeggios30m
Practicing Minor Arpeggios30m
Practicing Diminished Arpeggios30m
Practicing Augmented Arpeggios30m
Practicing Arpeggios30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Arpeggios20m
Self Assessment: Practicing Arpeggios6m
Week
3
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3 hours to complete

Chords and Progressions

In this lesson, we'll begin practicing chords and popular chord progressions. We'll also begin practicing these progressions with both open and barre chords. ...
Reading
6 videos (Total 28 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
Video6 videos
I IV V and I V I V3m
I VI II V and I VI IV V4m
I V VI IV3m
The 12 Bar Blues6m
Putting It All Together8m
Reading5 readings
Practicing the I IV V and I V IV Progressions30m
Practicing the I VI II V and I VI IV V Progressions30m
Practicing the I V VI IV Progression30m
Practicing the 12 Bar Blues30m
Practicing Chords and Progressions30m
Quiz2 practice exercises
Chords and Progressions20m
Practicing Chords and Progressions6m
Week
4
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3 hours to complete

Rhythm

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Reading
7 videos (Total 24 min), 2 quizzes
Video7 videos
Rhythm and Scales4m
Arpeggios with Rhythm3m
Strumming Patterns with Chords7m
Arpeggios and Chords3m
Putting It All Together2m
Reviewm
Quiz1 practice exercise
Rhythm20m
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Top Reviews

By SDSep 12th 2018

esxcellent presentation, cool teacher. thanks, berklee & coursera, i’ve learnt so much!

Instructor

Amanda

Monaco
Guitar

About Berklee College of Music

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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