Guitar for Complete Beginners Vol. 1

Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing. 
Develop the skills to play any simple pop or rock song and even write your own!



For beginners
Your guitar journey starts here.

  • Start playing in minutes
  • No experience needed
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  • Comes with unlimited access to every class on Pickup Music

Step-by-step Instruction

40 lessons

HD video tutorials with interactive TAB, chord charts, and PDF class notes


3 week commitment

Learn at your own pace. Most students take three weeks to complete this class.


Play any popular song

Learn chords and skills to play your favorite songs and write your own!

Just the start

Unlimited access to all classes

Develop your skills with lessons for every step of your guitar journey.

An immersive online class for beginners

Become a versatile guitarist in three weeks

Join your mentor Jamey Arent as he breaks down everything from simple chords and melodies to rhythm and lead playing. By the end of this Master Class, you’ll be able to play any simple pop or rock song and even write your own!

Part I.

Part I. Getting to Know Your Guitar

Start off nice and easy with a few quick lessons on the best way to sit with, strum, fret, and tune a guitar.

Part II.

Part II. First Chords

Start playing right away with G and C major chords. You'll be leading campfire jams in no time!

Part III.

Part III. Single Notes and the C Major Scale

Take the first step toward writing your own songs with single-note melodies and scales.

Part IV.

Part IV. Open Chords

Get comfortable with seven more common chord shapes by playing real chord progressions.

Part V.

Part V. 7th Chords and the Blues

Here, Jamey shows you how to spice up your chords and walks you through the basics of the blues.

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Part VI. SongSquad

Wrap up the class with three original songs by Jamey that put everything you've learned into action.

Hear why students love this Master Class

Learn what makes Jamey Arent's class so popular


David S.

This class provided a clear and concise roadmap for a beginner like me to get started playing real music on the guitar. The tab provided under each video is really helpful so that you can quickly figure out the exercises for each lesson. 

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Cole C.

I usually wouldn’t take the time to write, but Pickup is worth taking a few seconds. I can’t say enough positive things about the content and how enjoyable it is to use. I’ve recommended the service to my friends already and can’t wait to see how you grow it.

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Sam R.

Pickup Music has been an awesome resource thus far. I love the lessons from young players who are at the forefront of contemporary music. The Master Classes are definitely my favorite as they have a clear plan of study and a logical progression behind them. 


Join thousands of students around the world


Learn at your own pace

Learn through a step-by-step curriculum

This is an entry-level class for beginners. The curriculum was crafted by our team of master's-level and pro-touring musicians to give you the best possible beginner’s pathway for learning the guitar.

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Jamey Arent

Jamey is an expert educator with a Master's degree in studio/jazz guitar from the world-renowned Thornton School of Music.

As a sideman, Jamey has performed and recorded with artists like Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, Matthew Morrison, B. Slade, Spencer Day, Raquel Rodriguez, and Nigel Hall. You can hear his guitar playing on soundtracks for Netflix, TBS, and Comedy Central shows. He released his debut EP The Back Burner in 2019. 


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  • 35+ Master Classes
  • 300+ original SongSquads
  • 70+ Essential Lick Packages
  • 5 Minute Lessons
  • Jam Tracks
  • New lessons added every week
  • Interactive TAB that you can slow down
  • PDF class notes
  • Artist Toolkit
  • Members-only forum

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  • 14-day free trial
  • 30+ Master Classes
  • 300+ SongSquads
  • 70+ Lick Packages 
  • 5 Minute Lessons
  • Artist Toolkit 
  • Jam Tracks
  • Members-only forum access
  • Enter in the Emerging Artist Fund