Add more dynamics and expression to your playing and gain a greater feel for your instrument by learning Berklee's approach to the construction of chords and chord voicings.
If you are serious about studying guitar and taking your playing to the next level, you must possess not just a command of chords and scales but an understanding of improvisation and how to express depth and feeling. This certificate program, taught by Berklee’s world-renowned guitar faculty, enables you to develop your guitar technique and hone your skills in any style, from rock, jazz, and country to metal, blues, and beyond. Upon completion, you’ll be able to recreate parts played by your guitar heroes—but more importantly, you’ll be better able to realize your own unique sound.
This course explores the advanced techniques that great jazz guitarists use in order to successfully solo over chord changes found in both traditional and modern jazz compositions.
Gain command of the techniques necessary to play jazz guitar in a compelling and authentic manner.
Learn to use your ears, hands, and the tools of the trade to play jazz, rock, blues, country and other genres, with a hi-quality, authentic and persuasive guitar tone.
Master Berklee's approach to playing guitar chords. Improve your style, intonation, technique, time feel, and tone in this in-depth course. Explore open triads, seventh chord structures, open triadic shapes, and inversions in a variety of musical styles.
The third of a four-semester curriculum, in Music Composition and Theory 3 you’ll explore everything from the rhythmic elements of Jamaican and Cuban music to the connection between South American guitar music and Bach. This course is designed to take you from a strong review of Music Theory and Composition 1 & 2 topics, including major key, minor key, blues, modal interchange, secondary dominants, approach notes, non-harmonic tones, voice leading, guide tone lines, hybrid chords, bass and drum grooves, and traditional harmony concepts. The course will then move into extended dominants, related II chords, substitute dominant chords, Neapolitan and augmented sixth chords, diminished seventh chords, modal minor, and a thorough look at modulation.
Bring new colors and voicings to your guitar playing. Berklee Professor of Guitar Rick Peckham unlocks the mysteries of modal tonality, with a series of exercises and demonstrations that will expand your chord vocabulary, capturing the signature sounds of groups led by Miles Davis, John Coltrane, as well as contemporary jazz, pop, and R&B artists. Peckham will show you how to extend your capabilities by integrating a variety of new voicings and chordal phrasing into your playing so that you can handle any modal situation guided by your own ears and instincts. Going beyond single chord vamps, this approach allows you to play through simple and complex chord progressions using these modern sounds.
Techniques are presented with videos and play-along audio tracks, demonstrating examples and practice strategies with a live recorded jazz/rock trio. Traditional notation, tablature, and chord grids are included.
You will learn to:
This new edition adds a book with new explanations and examples to Rick Peckham’s original video tutorials.
“Modal Voicings for Guitar does a great job of breaking down chord playing for guitarists. It’s practical and clear and moves from simple things to a full range of harmonic colors. It will help guitarists to get away from just playing ‘grips’ and help them to make real music. I like Rick’s approach!”—John Scofield
“Rick Peckham was one of my most important teachers when I was in school at Berklee College of Music. Being in his Thelonious Monk Ensemble was a highlight of my student years. He has been a mentor and inspiration for generations of young musicians, and this new book of his is a great way for musicians everywhere to benefit from his depth of knowledge and insight into music.”—Kurt Rosenwinkel
“What a wonderful book for all guitarists! Rick has presented a masterful and comprehensive exploration into the world of modal playing, unpacking the theoretical as well as the practical implementation of this sound. This book serves as a great asset to any guitar player looking to become more versed in the realm of modern jazz guitar.”—Julian Lage
“Rick Peckham shares his mastery of modal harmony via accessibly notated musical examples that explore a variety of practical harmonic situations. These studies will aid in developing a sophisticated syncopated rhythmic style and a real-world application of modern jazz/fusion chord voicings. I learned a lot working through the examples, and I know they will be of great value to anyone serious about improving their understanding of modal harmony and the technique involved in performance.”—Sheryl Bailey
“I had the chance to study at Berklee with Rick Peckham, one of the most remarkable guitar teachers and performers. His unique teaching method has helped me to understand advanced harmony concepts in general and on the guitar specifically. I recommend that all musicians get his new book, professionals or amateurs. I already have my copy, and I am so looking forward to learning from it.”—Lionel Loueke
“Rick Peckham has gathered some powerful musical ideas into an accessible volume. It’s a great self-study guide for a guitarist who is ready to step into new territory. Rick is with you all the way. I hear his voice in advice like, ‘It’s good to know a lot of things, but it’s even better to know how to use a few things in a lot of different ways.’ I first heard some of these musical ideas in Bill Evans’ piano playing. Later, I heard Lenny Breau adapt them to his solo style. These are big ideas that you can use in a lot of ways.”—John Knowles, CGP
Rick Peckham is an internationally known jazz guitarist and educator. He has presented performances and clinics on six continents and…