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Intermediate Level

Learners should complete "Guitar for Beginners" before enrolling in this course.

Approx. 13 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

What you will learn

  • Play scales in a moveable open position

  • Identify and play major, minor, diminished, and augmented arpeggios

  • Add rhythmic timing to arpeggios and strumming to enhance your playing

Skills you will gain

TablatureMusic notationGuitar scalesGuitar chordsGuitar

Learner Career Outcomes

14%

got a tangible career benefit from this course
Shareable Certificate
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100% online
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible deadlines
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Intermediate Level

Learners should complete "Guitar for Beginners" before enrolling in this course.

Approx. 13 hours to complete
English
Subtitles: English

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Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions!

1 hour to complete
1 video (Total 2 min), 3 readings, 1 quiz
3 readings
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?8m
2 hours to complete

Scales

2 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 24 min), 3 readings, 2 quizzes
7 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
3 readings
Practicing the b3 and the b7 Pentatonic Scales30m
Practicing On One String20m
Practicing Scales30m
2 practice exercises
Scales20m
Self Assessment: Practicing Scales6m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Arpeggios

4 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 19 min), 6 readings, 2 quizzes
6 videos
Major Arpeggios3m
Minor Arpeggios3m
Diminished Arpeggios2m
Augmented Arpeggios4m
Putting It All Together3m
6 readings
Practicing Major Arpeggios30m
Practicing Minor Arpeggios30m
Practicing Diminished Arpeggios30m
Practicing Augmented Arpeggios10m
Putting It All Together30m
Practicing Arpeggios30m
2 practice exercises
Arpeggios20m
Self Assessment: Practicing Arpeggios6m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

Chords and Progressions

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 28 min), 5 readings, 2 quizzes
6 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
5 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
2 practice exercises
Chords and Progressions20m
Self Assessment: Practicing Chords and Progressions6m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Rhythm

3 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 24 min)
7 videos
Rhythm and (Blues) Scales4m
Arpeggios with Rhythm3m
Strumming Patterns with Chords7m
Arpeggios and Chords3m
Putting It All Together2m
Review25s
1 practice exercise
Rhythm20m

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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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