Advance your guitar skills in this musically diverse online summer program, and connect with other musicians from around the world. For 12 weeks, you’ll be immersed in guitar while learning from Berklee faculty and guest artists through small classes, ensembles, and group master classes. This program offers a flexible schedule comprising live class sessions and independent coursework that you can complete at your own pace. You will earn three college credits if you finish the course with a B or higher, which you can apply to Berklee’s undergraduate program or programs at other colleges and universities.
2020 Program Information
|Program dates:||Monday, June 15–Friday, September 4, 2020|
|Registration fee:||$50 (nonrefundable, nontransferable)|
|Age range:||14 years and older|
- Please note: when registering for this program, select Non-Degree (Summer and Extension Programs) as the level and Berklee Boston Summer Program as the application type.
The online summer experience is tailored to your skill level and musical interests. You’ll choose one track from these diverse Berklee Online guitar courses:
- Acoustic Guitar Techniques: Strengthen your rhythmic strumming, use of alternate tunings, and fingerstyle playing, and improve your fluency, tone, dynamics, and control.
- Blues Guitar: Learn the techniques and licks of classic blues stylists, such as T-Bone Walker, Lightning Hopkins, B.B. King, and Magic Sam. Gain a foundation in form, control, feel, and harmony that will help to bring a blues sound to your playing or add more depth to any other style of music.
- Classic Rock Guitar: Elevate your playing by learning the styles and techniques of the architects of classic rock guitar: Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton, Beck, David Gilmour, and Jimmy Page.
- Fundamentals of Classical Guitar: Gain a foundational, working repertoire for the classical guitar. Develop an extensive repertoire of techniques, including tremolo, rasguedo, harmonics, slurs, and percussion effects.
- Guitar Improvisation Techniques: Learn to play a great guitar solo. This course is designed to help guitarists who may have learned the technical aspects of playing, but lack the theoretical application of the musical elements that make up a strong solo that moves the listener.
- Jazz Guitar: Study the styles of some of the most influential jazz guitarists, and learn the basics behind the jazz language: chord/scale usage, building melodic tension, and improvisation techniques.
- Metal Guitar: You will focus on mastering solos and rhythm parts in the metal and progressive rock styles. The course employs scales, shapes, and theory on the guitar fretboard.
- Rhythm and Groove Guitar: Learn the rhythmic techniques and chord tools that are the foundation of groove-based music. Expand your chord knowledge, and learn to construct original rhythm guitar grooves that you can apply to a wide variety of music styles.
- Steve Vai Guitar Techniques: Gain a deep understanding and command of the playing styles, repertoire, techniques, and musical concepts of guitar legend and Berklee alumnus Steve Vai. Learn the secrets behind Vai's best-known compositions and virtuosic techniques, and learn to improve your own solos, chord and rhythm playing, and overall voice on the guitar.
Additionally, Guitar Sessions offers ensemble opportunities, visiting artist master classes, and clinics in the styles of blues, metal, classical, jam band, funk/fusion, classic rock, contemporary rock, jazz, fingerstyle, and performing songwriter.
You'll participate in five or six hours of required coursework per week. You'll have live class sessions with your Berklee instructors and fellow students, along with independent coursework that can be completed on your own schedule. Classes will meet regularly at defined times, and you are expected to attend each live class if you can. Recordings of all classes will be archived to accommodate students in different time zones or with schedule issues.
At Guitar Sessions, you will have regular performance opportunities through virtual ensembles to collaborate with students across the program and around the world. You'll progress towards perfecting your performance with weekly evaluation from a Berklee instructor before recording your contribution.
All students 14 and older with six months of playing experience are welcome to attend.
For this program, you should have access to a computer with the latest version of Google Chrome, a webcam, speakers or headphones, an external or internal microphone, and a broadband internet connection. There may be some additional requirements, depending on your chosen track. Please review the requirements before selecting your track.