About this Specialization

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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.
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Beginner Level
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English
Subtitles: English, French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Russian...
Learner Career Outcomes
33%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
50%
Got a pay increase or promotion.
Shareable Certificate
Earn a Certificate upon completion
100% online courses
Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.
Flexible Schedule
Set and maintain flexible deadlines.
Beginner Level
Approx. 5 months to complete
Suggested 3 hours/week
English
Subtitles: English, French, Catalan, Portuguese (Brazilian), Vietnamese, Russian...

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Guitar for Beginners

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1,768 ratings
500 reviews
Course2

Course 2

Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions

4.7
stars
225 ratings
80 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Guitar Chord Voicings: Playing Up The Neck

Course4

Course 4

Guitar Performance Techniques

5.0
stars
10 ratings
3 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • T​he total length of the specialization is 18 weeks.

  • N​o prior music knowledge or guitar skills are necessary.

  • We highly recommend you complete the courses in the recommended order:

    1. Guitar for Beginners
    2. Guitar Scales and Chord Progressions.
    3. Guitar Chord Voicings: Playing Up the Neck
    4. Guitar Performance Techniques
  • Berklee does not currently offer college credit for courses offered through Coursera. If you are interested in earning college credit for an online course, please go to online.berklee.edu.

  • Y​ou will be able to:

    • R​ead guitar tablature and notation
    • P​lay chords and scales on the guitar in multiple positions
    • R​ead lead sheets
    • P​lay rhythm and lead guitar lines
    • P​lay songs - both rhythm and melody lines
    • I​mprovise and solo on the guitar
    • U​se proper posture and technique while playing

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