Jazz Guitar 101

Berklee Online


Boston, MA


Jun 5 - Aug 27




Each summer, Berklee welcomes students across the globe to its campus in the heart of Boston. More than 3,000 students travel from over 70 countries to hone their craft, make global connections, and collaborate with other like-minded musicians, actors, and dancers.

Our faculty are Grammy-, Oscar-, and Tony-winning artists who are dedicated to helping you learn how to succeed in today’s performing arts and entertainment industries. In addition to our world-renowned undergraduate faculty, Berklee summer program participants learn from acclaimed visiting artists. Recent guests include Jacob Collier, Charlie Puth, Esperanza Spalding, and Ebony Williams.

Learn the essential building blocks of jazz guitar in Jazz Guitar 101. This course covers fundamental concepts, including chord/scale usage, reharmonization, approach notes, arpeggio substitutions, and how to incorporate melodic tension in rhythm, harmony, and melody. By studying the styles of influential jazz guitarists like Grant Green, Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Mike Stern, and Pat Martino, you'll understand the jazz language and improve your improvisational skills. With video, MP3 tracks, and written notation, this course helps you quickly integrate these techniques into your playing.

By the end of the course, you will:

  • Negotiate basic jazz chord changes
  • Learn five jazz standard tunes and to be able to comp and play an effective solo over the chord changes
  • Play and know how to use stronger harmonic language through the use of Mixolydian, harmonic, and melodic minor scales, the bebop scale, and the pentatonic scale
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