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Learner Reviews & Feedback for Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions by Berklee College of Music

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About the Course

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....

Top reviews


Aug 17, 2020

Excellent, very helpful, the instructor was fantastic, I learned a lot. Would appreciate more examples of putting it all together. I enjoyed the process, even with my busy schedule.


Jun 28, 2020

A good course for a guitarist who knows its basics. The professor taught really well. The course content was also apt and carefully constructed. Overall a good course.

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By Dan K

Aug 11, 2019

Solid beginning for chord structure and simple arpeggios. Recommended for beginner guitar players!

By Ernesto R R

Oct 17, 2020

It was a fabulous course, I learned a lot about building chords and recognizing the guitar fret.

By Bryan C

Sep 10, 2020

This straight-forward course connects simple concepts in powerful ways and adds a lot of value.

By Alceu G A F

Jun 08, 2019

Very good for those who want to learn strumming patterns, chord progressions and arpeggios.

By Frederick M

May 07, 2020

Excellent resource for the beginner and helpful to some who need to revisit fundamentals

By Camilo T

Apr 20, 2020

Well explained videos and makes you want to continue practicing and enjoying your guitar

By Segarceanu O D

Sep 12, 2018

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

By Alessio D S

Jan 05, 2019

Really a great course, there is a plenty of stuff to learn and is well structured

By Michael H

Apr 07, 2020

It’s amazing how much information is taught in such a short time. Great course!

By Denis M

Jul 08, 2019

Very fun and understandable course for a beginner on guitar. I enjoyed it a lot.

By Brad S

Jan 08, 2020

Good course to develop the fundamentals and introduce players to useful scales.

By Shawn E

Apr 27, 2020

Excellent course! I learned a lot of new guitar skills. Can't wait to do more.

By Jaison C

Nov 21, 2019

There is everything you need to get on with this. Amanda breaks it down well.

By Constantinos Z

Oct 28, 2019

Amazing. Thank you. I am exited that I got somethings out of this course.

By Lynn M

Apr 22, 2020

A great review of guitar scales and arpeggios and basic music theory.

By Siddharth Y

Jul 04, 2020

Weekly playing exercise which were reviewed would have been nice,

By Arturo Z

Apr 15, 2020

For the beginners the course is so good! I recommend it.

By Aitor P

Dec 28, 2018

Nice course, has been challenging for me. good teacher.

By Ali A

May 25, 2020

Great if you are a beginner in playing the guitar.

By Santiago M L

Jul 20, 2020

Aprendí muchas cosas que no sabía, muchas gracias

By Christoph B M

Jan 14, 2019

great insight into chord progressions and scales

By Navneet Y

Aug 30, 2018

Hope to find more courses in this series!!!

By Keshav V

Jul 27, 2020

I learned a lots of things. Thank you.

By ken d

May 04, 2020

I learnt a lot from this course


By José E F V

Mar 29, 2019

Excelente curso. Bastante funcional