How to Get Started with Jazz Guitar

Jazz 101 is now in session.
In this Master Class, you'll learn the foundations of jazz guitar from internationally-renowned guitarist and educator Dr. Quentin Angus.



For intermediate players

Unlock a new world of sound

  • Step-by-step, straightforward lessons
  • Suitable for guitarists of all styles – not just jazz
  • Track your progress
  • Comes with unlimited access to all lessons on Pickup Music

Step-by-step Instruction

50+ 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.


Build a jazz foundation

Comfortably play jazz chords and solo over standards or just spice up your playing with jazzy flavors.

Just the start

Unlimited access to all classes

Lessons for every step of your guitar learning journey – from beginner to expert.

An immersive BEGINNER-level online class

College-level jazz instruction at home

Join your mentor Quentin Angus as he breaks down essential jazz techniques and concepts taught in leading music programs around the world. The skills you'll learn in this class are easily transferable to other styles of guitar playing like neo-soul, funk, and rock.

Part I.

Part I. Playing the Melody

We'll start with the basics of how to play the melody in jazz. Then, you'll learn how to spice it up by harmonizing and adding chords between it.


Part II.

Part II. Comping Chords

In Part II, you'll learn how to provide effective support through comping: the art of playing chords underneath a melody or solo.

Part III.

Part III. Improvising

Jazz soloing is no small feat. In this section, you'll start with the basics (playing changes) and slowly build to more advanced concepts (like soloing with guide tones and arpeggios).

Part IV.

Part IV. Essential Jazz Licks

For some quick inspiration, Quentin provides a whopping 40 jazz licks to add to your vocabulary and spice up your playing.

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Part V. SongSquad

Wrap up the class with six original tunes from Quentin that put everything you've learned into action.

Hear why students love this Master Class

Learn what makes Quentin Angus' class so popular

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Since joining, I've been using the Master Classes a lot, and they've pushed me further than I ever thought I would go in guitar and music as a whole. I really love Pickup Music, I would 100% recommend it :)

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Jason K.

I love it. I’ve already delved into a lesson and it’s helping me get past a plateau in my guitar playing. It’s such a great value and a great idea to have lessons accessible to people without leaving home.

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Learn at your own pace

Learn through a step-by-step curriculum

This class is best suited for intermediate players and qualified beginners looking for an intensive introduction to jazz guitar. 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 jazz.

Quentin Angus


Quentin Angus

Quentin Angus is a Professor of Music and the head of the jazz department at BMCC in New York City. He holds a PhD, a Master's of Music, and is the author of five transcription books of jazz guitarist Gilad Hekselman's work. He's widely regarded as one of the best jazz instructors in the world today.

Quentin has performed and recorded with jazz luminaries Ari Hoenig, Shai Maestro, Colin Stranahan, Linda Oh, and Will Vinson. As a student, he was mentored by legendary jazz musicians Jason Moran, Nate Smith, John Riley, Jonathan Kreisberg, Randy Johnston, Pat Martino, and Adam Rodgers.


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  • 35+ Master Classes
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  • 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
  • Enter in the Emerging Artist Fund