How to Shred on Guitar (Tastefully)

There's a fine line between shredding and just plain showing off.
In this Master Class, you'll learn how to play tasteful gospel, funk, and rhythm guitar fast – like really fast.



For intermediate & advanced players

Learn lightning-fast licks

  • Develop skills to play quickly and fluidly
  • Step-by-step, intuitive learning
  • Track your progress
  • Comes with unlimited access to all lessons 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.


Shred in good taste

Learn licks, exercises, and chords that combine technical precision with gig-ready techniques.

Just the start

Unlimited access to all classes

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

An immersive online class

Learn to shred in three weeks

Join your mentor TJ Whitelaw as he breaks down everything from techniques for fast and fluid playing to voice leading and gospel chords. By the end of this class, you’ll be able to play lightning-fast lines with heart & soul!

Part I.

Part I. How to Shred

Develop your speed and fluidity with six exercises that isolate your picking- and fretting-hand.

Part II.

Part II. How to Stay Fluid

Float like a butterfly, shred like the Flash. In this section, you'll learn how to play with a sense of effortlessness and ease. 

Part III.

Part III. Chords: Voice Leading & Gospel Chords

Here, you'll learn TJ's approach to voice leading with five gospel chord progressions.

Part IV.

Part IV. TJ's Top Licks

Looking for some quick inspiration? Learn four of TJ's favorite shreddable licks.

Part V.

Part V. SongSquad

To wrap up, you'll put your newfound shred skills to the test by learning four original tunes by TJ.

Hear why students love this Master Class

Learn what makes TJ Whitelaw's class so popular

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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.

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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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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

Join thousands of students around the world


Learn at your own pace

Learn through a step-by-step curriculum

This class is suitable for intermediate and advanced guitarists. The curriculum was crafted by our team of master's-level and pro touring musicians to give you the best possible pathway for learning how to shred tastefully on the guitar.

TJ Whitelaw


TJ Whitelaw

TJ Whitelaw is a professional guitarist, composer, and musical director based in Toronto. Known for his lightning-fast, gospel-fusion style in the online guitar community, TJ is a master of tasteful shredding.   



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  • Artist Toolkit 
  • Jam Tracks
  • Members-only forum
  • Enter in the Emerging Artist Fund