We take beginner guitarists and turn them into intermediate players

With Pickup Music's guided approach to learning , you'll make more progress in 6 weeks than most guitarists make in an entire year. Check out our process below.


Step 1

Find your level

We'll ask you a series of questions to learn where you're at with guitar so we can tailor a learning pathway to your unique needs.


Step 2

Start our Beginner Learning Pathway

We'll guide you through the fundamentals of guitar so you can progress fast and avoid bad habits that slow down most beginners.


Step 3

Advance to the CAGED Learning Pathway

Learn how to play guitar solos in any key with the CAGED system. This day-by-day Learning Pathway will enable you to confidently play across your fretboard in any genre. Fretboard freedom awaits!


Step 4

Go deeper into your preferred style

Once you build a rock-solid foundation in guitar fundamentals, it's time to start exploring your interests. Jazz, blues, neo soul, R&B, funk, classical, or prog – we've got the right Master Class for you.


Step 5

Perform and get feedback

Perform a SongSquad of your choice at one of our group recital sessions to take the next step as an intermediate guitarist. Get feedback and advice from our instructors and fellow members.

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Sample some of our lessons designed for beginners.

Learning Pathway

Beginner Learning Pathway

Joey Weidner

This expertly-paced class is the perfect way to kickstart your journey into the wonderful world of guitar playing. Check out this quick lesson:



Sam Blakelock

In this beginner SongSquad, you’ll practice using simple licks to connect open-string chords. The result is a rich chordal groove that blends rhythm and lead guitar concepts.

5-Minute Lesson

The Numbers System

Quentin Angus

In this quick lesson, Quentin breaks down how to navigate chord progressions through the lens of their associated scale degree. The information in this lesson is incredibly useful for songwriting and jamming with other musicians.

Essential Licks

10 Beginner Licks in C Major

Molly Miller

These licks are perfect if you're just getting started with the major scale and soloing.

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