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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...

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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

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