About this Course

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Approx. 22 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Russian, English...

What you will learn

  • Identify string names and numbers and read music notation, tablature, chord block diagrams, and fretboard maps

  • Practice picking, finger picking, and strumming patterns

  • Play various chords including major and minor triads, open, barre, and pose chords

  • Read and play a lead sheet

Skills you will gain

TablatureMusic notationGuitar scalesGuitar chordsGuitar

Learner Career Outcomes

33%

started a new career after completing these courses

50%

got a tangible career benefit from this course

50%

got a pay increase or promotion

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible deadlines

Reset deadlines in accordance to your schedule.

Approx. 22 hours to complete

English

Subtitles: French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Russian, English...

Instructor

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Berklee College of Music

Syllabus - What you will learn from this course

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Week
1

Week 1

1 hour to complete

Welcome to Introduction to Guitar

1 hour to complete
5 readings
5 readings
Meet Your Teaching Assistants10m
Connect with Your Classmates10m
Getting to Know You10m
Course Resources10m
Earn A Course Certificate10m
1 practice exercise
What Are Your Goals?30m
4 hours to complete

Acoustic / Electric Guitar and the Basics

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 33 min), 4 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Choosing the Right Guitar: Right-Handed vs Left-Handed3m
Essential Accessories for Acoustic Guitar7m
Essential Accessories for Electric Guitar4m
Parts of the Guitar (Electric)6m
Chord Block Diagrams and Fretboard Maps2m
A Minor and E Major Chords5m
4 readings
Parts of the Guitar (Acoustic)5m
Guide to Chord Block Diagrams and Fretboard Maps10m
A Minor and E Major Chord Block Diagrams10m
Comparing Major and Minor Chords1h
4 practice exercises
Essential Accessories15m
Identifying the Parts of the Guitar30m
Chord Block Diagrams and Fretboard Maps25m
Lesson Reflection30m
Week
2

Week 2

4 hours to complete

Getting Started: Fundamental Guitar Skills

4 hours to complete
7 videos (Total 52 min), 5 readings, 4 quizzes
7 videos
Tuning Your Guitar with a Tuner8m
Tuning Your Guitar by Matching10m
Tuning Your Guitar with Harmonics4m
Picking Technique10m
Finger Picking8m
Strumming the Guitar6m
5 readings
Online Guitar Tuner from Berklee Online10m
Guide to Picking15m
Guide to Fingerpicking15m
Guide to Strumming15m
Exercise: Picking and Strumming10m
4 practice exercises
String Names and Numbers30m
Tuning Your Guitar20m
Finger Picking10m
Lesson Reflection30m
Week
3

Week 3

3 hours to complete

The Twelve Half Steps and Basic Notation

3 hours to complete
4 videos (Total 29 min), 2 readings, 5 quizzes
4 videos
Notes on the Fretboard8m
Rhythm Basics5m
Music Notation and Tablature6m
2 readings
The Note Wheel10m
Exercise: Playing Notes10m
5 practice exercises
Twelve Frets and Twelve Half Steps30m
Notes on the Fretboard30m
Rhythm Basics30m
Music Notation and Tablature30m
Lesson Reflection30m
Week
4

Week 4

3 hours to complete

Scales: Construction and Fingerings

3 hours to complete
6 videos (Total 45 min), 2 readings, 4 quizzes
6 videos
The Chromatic Scale on a Single String7m
The Chromatic Scale in First Position8m
The Chromatic Scale in Other Positions9m
Major Scales9m
More on Major Scales6m
2 readings
Major Scale Pattern10m
Exercise: Playing Scales10m
4 practice exercises
Position Playing30m
The Chromatic Scale30m
The Major Scale30m
Lesson Reflection30m

About the The Singer Songwriter Specialization

Do you have a song in your heart that you want to share it with others? In the Singer/Songwriter specialization, you will learn all the skills you need to write, perform, and record your own original music. You’ll begin by learning how to play the guitar to accompany yourself in Guitar for Beginners. You’ll learn how to play chords and scales, as well as strumming patterns and finger picking patterns. In Singing Popular Music, you’ll explore your voice and develop your own personal style. You’ll learn how to sing properly, mastering the correct techniques and breath support. From there, you’ll hone your writing craft, focusing on lyrics. You’ll learn about stressed and unstressed syllables, rhyme schemes, and lyrical phrasing.You’ll also record into a Digital Audio Workstation, focusing on Ableton Live and capturing both MIDI and real instruments into your DAW to record and share your ideas with the world....
The Singer Songwriter

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