About Berklee PULSE

The Berklee PULSE® Music Method is a unique and innovative online music education portal that enables students to study, jam, and practice using interactive modules and an ever-expanding collection of popular music. PULSE is open to anyone, with exclusive resources available through Berklee City Music, Amp Up NYC, and select public school partners. PULSE gives students and teachers the benefits of a Berklee education no matter where they live. Learn more about PULSE here.

This five-video series presented by Casio will introduce tools and resources for any musician to develop effective practice routines, improve musicianship, and prepare for performances. Check out the Notation Mixer, an interactive tool that can synchronize multiple tracks of audio with accompanying music notation. Sign up for a 60-day demo account so you can explore the full Berklee PULSE website.

More Lessons

Lesson 2: Practicing Technique

In Lesson 2, you will discover the secret to having an effective practice session by mapping out a clear direction for your entire practice session. Leo Blanco will also guide you through best practices for warming-up while practicing your technique in creative and constructive ways.

Homage To Professor Longhair

Henry Roeland Bryd, better know as Professor Longhair, is a legendary blues pianist and singer who played a big part in the history of New Orleans music. His iconic combination of the rumba with blues, boogie-woogie, and "second line" parade rhythms influenced New Orleans' greatest piano players including Fats Domino, Eddie Bo, James Booker, and Dr. John. This lesson will introduce students to the basics of "second line" rhythmic patterns from New Orleans and their ties to Afro-Cuban traditions.  

Improvisation: Mixolydian Rock Groove

The D Mixolydian Rock Groove featured in this lesson consists of a chord progression over which you'll improvise using the D Mixolydian scale. You'll find that as long as you're playing in D Mixolydian, you don't need to worry about switching up your notes over the chord changes, because the notes in the correct mode will sound good over all the chords. Instead you can focus on melodic ideas, articulation, technique, emotion/feel, dynamics, rhythm, tone, phrasing, space/rest, and listening.

Transcribe & Transpose...Then Jam!

This holistic lesson will test your ear training, composition, and performance skills. By transcribing the original refrain from the spiritual "Wade In The Water" you will then be asked to transpose the melody to a different key using chromatic transposition techniques. Once transposed, you will have the opportunity to play the melody over an original PULSE groove of "Wade In The Water"!