Nicholas Veinoglou

10 Techniques in 10 Days

Join Nicholas as he dissects his favorite expressive techniques and breaks down exactly how to breathe new life into your playing.

WHo it's for

Intermediate guitarists

Has your guitar gone stale? This course will give you a fresh set of tools to quickly spice up your playing.


10 days

Nicholas will guide you through 10 days of step-by-step instruction with interactive TAB and daily assignments.


Get a guitar glow-up.

You'll leave this class with a brand-new bag of tricks that'll make you a more dynamic & expressive guitarist.

Make it musical

Take the next step

Once you've mastered this course, keep learning with advanced Master Classes and guided practice plans.

What you'll learn

Make quick gains across all areas of playing – from dynamic rhythm techniques to practical theory hacks & beyond.

  • Add movement to your chord progressions
  • Explore dynamic fingerpicking techniques
  • Learn how to play cascading harmonics
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

We asked Nicholas to break down 10 techniques that have had the biggest impact on his playing. Now, he's pulling back the curtain on exactly how he learned them and incorporates them in is daily routine as a prominent LA-based touring guitarist.

The Chord Quake and Sliding Chords

When it comes to rhythm guitar, dynamics are king. You'll start the class with two chordal techniques that will add movement to your progressions.

If you're used to playing chords the same way throughout an entire song, these two techniques will make a fantastic addition to  your toolbox.

Lenny Breau Waterfall Harmonics

Ever played a harmonic at the 12th fret of the guitar? It's a beautiful sound that makes for a perfect "ornament" on your playing.

In this lesson, Nicholas will teach you how to play cascading harmonics anywhere on your fretboard.

Introduction to Classical Tremolo

In Day 3, you'll learn a classical guitar technique that will allow you to create the illusion of an infinitely-sustaining note.

This fingerpicking technique will open up a unique new sound in your vocabulary.

Day 4. Trem Bar 101 (Whammy)

Who doesn't love a good vibrato effect? A whammy bar is a great tool that enables you to create movement in lead and rhythm guitar parts. This iconic effect is a must-learn for any electric guitarist.

Day 5. How to Slide Without a Slide

Playing slide guitar is hard – like, really hard. If you want the sweet sound of slide without the pain of learning how to use one, look no further. Today, you'll learn how to mimic the sound of an expressive slide guitar.

Day 6. Nicholas’ Acoustic Toolkit

When it comes to tonal versatility, we often look to the electric guitar. However, the humble acoustic guitar has a lot of variety to offer as well. In this lesson you'll learn how to access different tones with your acoustic.

Day 7. Music Theory: Secondary Dominants & Diminished Chords

Learn how to add movement to your chord progressions by manufacturing tension and resolution with two quick chordal music theory concepts that'll spice up your songwriting in a jiffy.

Day 8. Supercharge Your Playing With Open Strings

Adding open strings to chords is a great way to create rich rhythm guitar sounds and fill out sonic space in a song. Today, Nicholas will walk you through some of his favorite open-string chord voicings.

Day 9. Introduction to Hybrid Picking

Learn the fundamentals of an advanced picking technique that'll allow you to access the best of both worlds between fingerpicking and a pick. Hybrid picking is a versatile technique that you can use in a ton of genres.

Day 10. Introduction to Voice Leading

Voice leading is a pianistic way of playing chords where each note moves to the nearest possible note of the next chord. This technique will help you smooth out your progressions and create dynamic chord melodies.


Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.

10-Day Plan

Day 1-2

Learn how to make your guitar shimmer with chord quakes and waterfall harmonics.

Day 1. The Chord Quake and Sliding Chords

On Day 1, you’ll spice up your chord progressions with chord quakes and sliding shell voicings.

Day 2. Lenny Breau Waterfall Harmonics

On Day 2, you’ll learn waterfall harmonics in the style of Lenny Breau. This delicate technique will enable you to play cascading harmonics anywhere on your fretboard.

Day 3-5

Nicholas introduce you to tremolo and vibrato techniques that will give your lead lines an expressive feel.

Day 3. Introduction to Classical Tremolo

Unlock the secret to achieving infinite sustain with the classical tremolo technique.

Day 4. Trem Bar 101 (Whammy)

Learn all about the tremolo (or whammy) bar. You’ll tackle three different tremolo techniques that'll add movement to your rhythm and lead playing.

Day 5. How to Slide Without a Slide

Learn how to use aggressive attack, fast slides, and plenty of vibrato to give your lead lines an expressive vocal feel.

Day 6

Learn how to get the most out of your acoustic guitar.

Day 6. Nicholas’ Acoustic Toolkit

On Day 6, we’ll switch things up with an acoustic guitar intensive where you’ll workshop your acoustic skills through tonal variation and neck vibrato.

Day 7-10

Tackle four techniques and concepts that are especially useful to those who compose their own music.

Day 7. Music Theory: Secondary Dominants & Diminished Chords

On Day 7, you’ll learn two quick and easy chordal theory concepts to add movement to your progressions through tension and resolution with secondary dominants and diminished chords.

Day 8. Supercharge Your Playing With Open Strings

On Day 8, you’ll fill out your sound with open strings and learn how to create a sustained, cascading effect in your scales.

Day 9. Introduction to Hybrid Picking

On Day 9, you’ll get started with the fundamentals of hybrid picking by arpeggiating chords and working on legato runs.

Day 10. Introduction to Voice Leading

Finally, on Day 10, you’ll learn how to smooth out your chord transitions with basic voice leading.

Student stories

Learn how 10 Techniques in 10 Days has helped real guitarists break through their playing plateau and realize their potential.

“My favorite part about pickup music is probably nerding out in the forum with everyone. Just knowing you have a creative community to reach out to if you have any questions or you're stuck in a rut.”

Vicki Huang

United States

"I would highly recommend Pickup Music to pretty much anyone who has been playing for a few years and doesn't feel like they are getting better any more."

James Harrod

United Kingdom

“One of the things that's been the most fun for me has been the SongSquad challenges... connecting with other people in the Pickup Music community on Instagram and just encouraging each other as we're learning songs and practicing.”

Vin Thomas

United States

"Pickup Music really helped me push my musical boundaries."

Wytse Hokwerda


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Included in your membership:

Unlimited guitar lessons

Personalized feedback from pro instructors

Weekly live lessons

Monthly practice groups

800+ songs in modern styles

New releases every week

Frequently Asked Questions

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Is Pickup Music right for me?

Do you feel like your guitar playing has hit a plateau? 

Are you stuck in a guitar rut where you're just playing the same old chords and licks?

Are you looking for fretboard freedom?

At Pickup Music, we specialize in:

  • taking beginner guitar players and turning them into intermediate players
  • taking intermediate guitar players and turning them into advanced players

How do we do it? 

  • First, we ask you a few questions to figure out exactly what skill level you’re at. 
  • Second, we ask you to commit to a series of Master Classes and Learning Pathways that focus on specific techniques. These comprehensive week-by-week courses are the best way to get your playing to the next level. 
  • Third, we get you to track your progress on your personalized learning dashboard.

Finally, we give you support and feedback through an exclusive members community and live practice group sessions with other members. This focused approach to learning guitar will help you bust through the beginner basics, break out of the intermediate plateau, and level up your playing.

This guided learning approach is the fastest way to make real progress on the guitar.

What makes Pickup Music better than other guitar lesson sites?

We're glad you asked! So many things:

  • Pickup Music gives you week-by-week guided learning. This is so important for making progress and getting out of the beginner plateau. Instead of just making you watch a video of an instructor talking about how they play guitar, we break things down for you on a daily and weekly basis.
  • Each daily lesson is accompanied by practice exercises where the instructors play along with you - almost like they're sitting right beside you. This eliminates the guess work so you know exactly what you need to focus on to make real and lasting progress with guitar.
  • Our lessons take you beyond the basics. Most online guitar lessons are good at teaching new guitarists the easy stuff. Pickup Music goes beyond that to help advanced-beginners and intermediate guitarists break through to the next level.
  • Our teachers are the best new and modern guitarists in the world. You'll find touring musicians, professors of music, and virtuosos from every genre to guide you through your guitar journey.
  • We have an extensive library with over 1,000 lessons across most genres for every type of guitarist. This means we have the right learning pathway for your unique starting point and preferred style of playing.
  • Pickup Music lessons are jam-packed with features to enhance your learning experience. This includes interactive TAB, multiple HD camera angles, backing tracks, and extensive course notes. All of this is designed to speed up your learning so you can achieve real results in your playing.  
  • We keep it fresh - we drop new lessons every. single. week. Plus, we're always striving to make each new lesson better than the last.
  • Pickup Music is a supportive and welcoming community. This is the place to connect with fellow guitarists, get feedback, and grow together.

What's included in my Pickup Music membership?

Everything! You’ll have unlimited access to every lesson on Pickup Music from every instructor. That means every Learning Pathway, Master Class, SongSquad, Licks Package, 5-Minute Lesson... we could go on, but you get the idea. It's an all-inclusive membership for one affordable price.

How long are the lessons? How long will it take me to complete them?

Pickup Music's lesson plans are designed to suit the amount of time you have available to practice.

Only got a few minutes? Try our 5-Minute Lessons to quickly add a new skill to your toolbox.

Got half an hour? Try one of our Essential Lick Packages or SongSquads to expand your vocabulary in different genres.

Got a couple of days? Try a Master Class with one of our world-renowned artists. Each class is broken up into short, digestible modules focused on one topic. We encourage you to complete the exercises for each lesson video before moving on to the next one because the lessons typically build on each other.

Ready to really commit to a multi-week program? Try one of our Learning Pathways. Over 6 weeks, these detailed courses will take you on a day-by-day journey to master each level in the genre. Learning Pathways include daily practice exercises so you know exactly what to focus on. These courses are the best way to make lasting progress.

Whichever approach you choose, we recommend building the exercises you learn into your daily practice schedule. The best way to improve as a guitarist is through a consistent practice routine rather than sporadic, longer  sessions. Learning guitar is a day-by-day, life-long journey!

I'm brand new to guitar. Is Pickup Music the right choice for me?

Absolutely! We make learning the guitar made fun & simple – the way it should be.

Too many people get frustrated with guitar because they develop bad habits and poor technique. Avoid these costly and time-consuming mistakes by taking Pickup Music's structured and step-by-step approach to learning guitar.

You'll start with Pickup Music's introductory program Beginner Learning Pathway. Over three weeks, we break down everything from simple chords and melodies to rhythm and lead playing. By the end of the program, you'll be able to play any simple pop or rock song (and even write your own).

Most importantly, we make sure you don't get stuck in the beginner's plateau - a common pitfall for guitarists who are just starting out. You'll keep making progress through Pickup Music's guided Learning Pahtways. These programs are designed to quickly take you from a beginner player to an intermediate one who feels comfortable across the whole fretboard.

What the difference between the annual and monthly plan?

The only difference is that the annual plan saves you $30 a year.

Both options come with a free 14-day trial. That means, we won't charge your card for the first 14 days - you can cancel anytime before then.

With an annual membership, we bill you once a year up-front, and you save 17% as a result. We'll send you reminders before we bill you each year so that you don't accidentally forget about it.

With the monthly membership, you pay month to month. It's a subscription, so we bill you each month until you cancel.

Cancelling your plan at any point is very easy to do online - no tricks, emails, or phone calls required. Just click a button on your account page.

Is a Pickup Music membership worth the money?

When you first start learning guitar, it's okay to bounce around with random free lessons on YouTube and searching for TABs online. 

That approach is going to make you an OKAY guitar player, but it's not going to help you take that leap to becoming a serious guitarist - a player who can:

  • Play naturally, without thinking about every move
  • Jam with friends and learn their favorite songs quickly.
  • Blast through that beginner level, break out of the intermediate plateau, and start playing like a pro!

To become a serious guitarist, you need a clear learning pathway to get to the next level. You need to free your mind and unlock your fret board - you can do this with Pickup Music's expert step-by-step instruction. Having this clear learning pathway is  key to making real progress on the guitar.

What about the price? Is it worth it?

Private lessons will cost you about $50 per lesson or $2,600 a year. Going to a music academy will cost you about $40,000 a year.

A Pickup Music membership costs just $150 for the whole year. That works out to 41 cents a day!

Signing up for a Pickup Music membership also means that you can stop wasting your time and effort trying to guess what you should practice next. Our guided programs eliminate the guess work so you know exactly what you need to focus on each day and week to make lasting progress with guitar. This will increase your efficiency and speed up your progress.

Is it easy to cancel?

Absolutely! You can cancel at any time (although we'd be sad to see you go). Cancelling is easy, no tricks. Just go to your account page and click a button.

You won't be charged anything if you cancel during your 14-day free trial.

If you cancel after your 14-day trial, you won't be billed again at your next billing cycle. Your membership will remain active until it expires on the day it was originally set to renew.

Once your membership expires, you will no longer have access to the classes you were enrolled in during your time as a member, but you can easily restart your membership at any time. Just log in to your account and renew a monthly or annual membership to pick up where you left off.

Can I buy lessons individually?

We don’t sell lessons individually. But the good news is you get access to every single lesson on Pickup Music through the one membership. If you’re only interested in one lesson, you could purchase a monthly membership and cancel when you’ve finished it – we have a hunch you’ll want to stick around though :)

Can I cancel my membership at any time?

Yes! All you have to do is click a button on your account page. No tricks, no emails, no calls. It's a straightforward process.

You won't be billed again at your next billing cycle. Your membership will remain active and you'll continue to have access to the site until your membership expires on the day it was originally set to renew.

You can easily restart your membership at any time. Just log in to your account and renew a monthly or annual membership to pick up where you left off.

Note: Once your membership expires, we'll save your progress on your Dashboard if you decide to rejoin at a later date.

How does the 14-day free trial work? What is your refund policy?

Your credit card won't be charged for the first 14 days
When you first sign up to a Pickup Music membership, your credit card will not be charged for 14 days. That means that if you decide to cancel within 14 days of signing up, you won't pay anything.

If you decide to cancel after that, you won't be charged at your next billing cycle
That means: if you’re a monthly member, you won’t be charged for the next month. If you’re an annual member, you won’t be charged for the next year.

We don’t offer refunds for payments that have already gone through. But if you choose to cancel, you will retain full access to the membership until it expires on the day it was originally set to renew.

Will I be automatically charged each month / year?

The membership is a subscription. After the 14-day free trial, you'll be automatically charged monthly or annually (depending on which plan you choose). We send you reminders before your annual subscription renews so you don't accidentally forget about it. You can easily cancel by turning off auto-renew at any time in your account page.

How do I restart my membership?

It’s easy to rejoin Pickup Music and we’d be thrilled to have you back! We even saved all of your lessons for you while you were gone on your Dashboard.

To restart your membership, simply head to this page, select the plan of your choice, and sign up with the email address you used to sign up the first time around.

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