Spencer Askin

3:2 System

Unlock the full potential of the pentatonic scale.

WHo it's for

Late Beginner

For guitarists who are comfortable with the fundamentals of pentatonic soloing and want to take it further.


2 weeks

Spencer Askin will guide you through 10 days of instruction with daily practice plans and assessments.


Fretboard fluency

Learn how to effortlessly navigate your guitar & make the pentatonic scale come to life as a lead guitarist.

Keep going

Take the next step

This two-week challenge is a perfect warmup for our full length soloing-focused Learning Pathways.

What you'll learn

Pickup Music's 3:2 system will turn you into a fluid lead guitarist by teaching you how unlock the pentatonic scale.

  • Learn how to fluidly traverse your fretboard.
  • Break free from scale boxes with diagonal movement.
  • Highlight individual chords by "playing the changes".
How it works

A guided learning experience

In this Master Class, Spencer, will show you how to reinvigorate your soloing skills via Pickup Music's 3:2 system. With step-by-step lessons, daily practice exercises, and interactive jams, the path to a better solo has never been clearer.

Meet the 3:2 system

The 3:2 system is a simple but powerful concept designed to help you break free from pentatonic boxes and start diagonally navigating your guitar with fluidity and ease.

In the first two days of lessons, you'll get acquainted with the fundamentals of 3:2 and start mapping it out across your fretboard.

3:2 applications

Next, we'll show you how to make 3:2 one of the most useful tools in your soloing repertoire.

In Day 3, you'll learn how to highlight individual chords within a song.

In Day 4, you'll learn expressive techniques in the style of George Harrison, B.B. King, and Jimi Hendrix.

In Day 5, you'll get a musical workout to lock in everything you've learned so far.

Make it minor

For the back half of this course, we'll show you how to flip the 3:2 system around to view it through the lens of minor.

In Days 6 and 7, you'll dig into the first two positions of the minor 2:3 system.

Then, in Day 8, you'll learn how to apply it to individual chord changes.

Finish out strong

On Day 9, you'll dive into the iconic guitar stylings of George Harrison, B.B. King, and Noel Gallagher.

Then, on Day 10, we'll give you a minor-key 2:3 workout to make sure you know the system like the back of your hand.

After that, you'll tackle three performance pieces designed to take the concepts you've worked on and put them in a purely musical context.


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

10-day plan

Days 1 & 2. Meet the 3:2 system

Get acquainted with this simple yet powerful system.

We're with you every step of the way in this 2-week challenge. In every lesson, Spencer will break down a new concept and run through guided practice exercises with you so you can lock it into your muscle memory. To cap off each day's work, you'll put what you learned in a musical context with a guided jam session.

Day 1. What's the 3:2 system?

Play three notes on one string, move a string up, and play two more notes. There. Class dismissed. (Just kidding. There’s more to it!)

The 3:2 system offers a unique approach to playing the pentatonic scale with several advantages over traditional box shapes:

1) It consists of only two positions.

2) It applies to both major and minor pentatonic scales.

3) It unlocks diagonal fretboard movement.

4) All notes on the same string are spaced two frets apart.

In Day 1, you’ll learn the first position.

Day 2. Position 2

The 3:2 system only has two positions for the major pentatonic. In this lesson, you’ll learn the second one. You’ll play the same scale as in Day 1: the F major pentatonic. However, instead of starting on the low E string, you’ll play the scale from the F to the A string.

Days 3-5. Applications of the 3:2 system

Next, you'll dive deeper into the system and learn how to make your soloing shine.

Day 3. Applying 3:2 to chord changes

In this lesson, you’ll learn how to “play the changes”. You might’ve heard about this in relation to jazz guitar, but it’s useful for lead guitarists in all styles.

Playing the chord changes involves:

1) Choosing notes that match the underlying chord instead of using one blanket scale for the entire progression.

2) Orienting yourself around a new root note for each chord.

Day 4. The 3:2 system (Maj. pentatonic)

In this lesson, you’ll learn three licks inspired by iconic guitar solos designed to show you the power of the pentatonic scale:
1) Let It Be – George Harrison via The Beatles
2) The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
3) The Wind Cries Mary – Jimi Hendrix

Day 5. Major 3:2 workout

At this point, you’ll have made it halfway through the lessons of this 2-week challenge. This guided workout is designed for you to revisit as much as you need until the material is feeling solid under your fingers.

Days 6-8. Make it minor

In this portion of the challenge, you'll flip 3:2 into 2:3 to make it work for minor tonalities.

Day 6. 2:3 minor pattern – Position 1

Here, we're flipping to the other side of the coin to look at the minor pattern of the 3:2 system.
That’s right! For the minor pentatonic, you’ll play 2 notes and then 3. You’ll learn the first position in the key of D.

Day 7. 2:3 minor pattern  – Position 2

In this lesson, you'll continue mapping out the 2:3 system. The higher octave has some neat double stop-portunities on the high E and B strings. As you work through this lesson, it's important to visualize where those are in relation to the root note.

Day 8. Applying the system to minor chord changes

Just like you'll have done on Day 3, you'll explore "one-scale-per-chord" playing with the minor 2:3 system.

Day 9, Day 10, & Performance pieces

Finish off the final two days of the challenge, then sink your teeth into some songs.

Day 9. Making music with 2:3

Today, you’ll learn three more licks inspired by these iconic guitarists:
1) A Hard Day’s Night – George Harrison via The Beatles
2) B.B. King’s legendary bends.
3) Live Forever – Noel Gallagher via Oasis

Day 10. Minor workout

This guided workout is designed for you to revisit as much as you need until the material is feeling solid under your fingers.

Performance pieces

Having finished all the lessons, it'll be time to put your new skills into a musical context. Here, we have three songs designed to incorporate tasty 3:2 and 2:3 licks in them so you can confidently sail off into the sunset and take on the next leg of your guitar journey.

Student stories

Learn how 3:2 System 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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Is Pickup Music right for me?

Are you a guitar player who feels like you haven’t made progress in a few months… years… or even decades? 

You’re probably stuck in what’s called the ‘intermediate plateau’. This is very common and can be very frustrating.

What’s the cause? Well, it’s pretty easy to learn the basics on guitar. Learn a few open chords and you can play Wonderwall and hundreds of other songs. Learn a couple of scales and a few licks and you can play some lead. 

But what then? Triads? Modes? Arpeggios? The phrygian scale?!

Without a clear plan and learning system you fall back to playing the same old chords and licks over and over again. Or you bounce around free lessons online but nothing seems to stick. It’s a recipe for a lot of practice without much progress. 

That’s where Pickup Music can help. We specialize in taking players stuck in a guitar rut and turning them into advanced guitarists.

We do this through Learning Pathways that take you on a step-by-step journey towards fretboard mastery. We give you a highly structured system that shows you exactly what to work on each week to make serious progress. 

These Learning Pathways take the guesswork out of your practice routine. You are guided through a proven grade-by-grade system with daily lessons, play-along practice exercises and interactive workouts. 

But it’s not all about theory. We apply everything you learn to real music. That’s why every grade of our Learning Pathways build up to performing a song with a live backing band. This simulates what it’s like to play a real gig, with real musicians. It’s the absolute best way to learn. 

You also get 1:1 video feedback on your playing from our expert instructors and can attend weekly live lessons. This personal feedback makes Pickup Music the closest thing to taking in-person lessons, but at a fraction of the cost.

So does this method actually work? Will you see results in your playing?

The most common thing we hear from new members is that they’ve made more progress with Pickup Music in a few months than in years of teaching themselves. As one member recently told us, “I'm finally seeing progress for the first time in many years”.

Want to hear about other members’ experiences with us? Read our independent Trustpilot reviews.

Is Pickup Music worth the money?

Private guitar 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 will cost you  just $180 for the whole year. 

That works out to 50 cents a day! 

But it’s not just about the money. It’s about not wasting your precious time. It’s about making actual progress on this beautiful instrument. 

By following our proven Learning Pathway system, you can stop wasting your time and effort trying to guess what you should practice next. Our guided programs eliminate the guesswork so you know exactly what you need to focus on each day and week to make lasting progress with guitar.

What makes Pickup Music better than other guitar lesson sites?

Most online guitar lesson sites are very good at teaching one-off songs and licks. Or they get super famous guitarists to record one-hour video lessons talking at length about their particular style and career.

The problem is that these approaches don't stick. They don’t help you to actually get better as a guitarist. You can waste a lot of time bouncing around these types of unconnected, one-off lessons. It’s a recipe for a lot of practice without much progress. 

Pickup Music takes a different approach. We give you a highly structured system that shows you exactly what to work on each week to make serious progress. We take you beyond the basics through a step-by-step journey towards fretboard mastery. 

By following a Pickup Music Learning Pathway, you are getting the most guided way to learn guitar. Over 6 grades, you are taken through daily lessons and practice exercises that carefully explain what’s going on behind the music. 

Each grade then builds up to song performances that apply everything you’ve learned with a live backing band. These challenges - where we simulate what it’s like to play a real gig, with real musicians - is the absolute best way to learn. 

The Learning Pathway method takes the guesswork out of your practice routine. Most guitarists start to see a rapid acceleration in their progress in a matter of weeks.

You can also get 1:1 video feedback on your playing and weekly live lessons. This personal feedback makes Pickup Music the closest thing to taking in-person lessons, but at a fraction of the cost.

Want to hear about other members’ experiences with us? Read our independent Trustpilot reviews.

What exactly do I get from a Pickup Music membership?

When you become a Pickup Music member you get unlimited access to our huge library of lessons:

  • 13 Learning Pathways giving you step-by-step instruction over 3 months
  • 47 Master Classes going deep into different styles over 2 weeks
  • 500+ original songs from some of the world’s best modern guitarists 
  • 100+ essential lick packages to add new flavors to your playing
  • 200+ 5 minute lessons for bite-sized learning. 

You get to enjoy amazing features that create a premium learning experience:

  • day-by-day lessons
  • 1:1 video feedback on your playing
  • weekly live lessons
  • progress tracking
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  • multiple HD camera angles 
  • play-along practice exercises
  • downloadable course notes and diagrams
  • quizzes to test your understanding
  • jam tracks with the Pickup Music Live Band
  • exclusive members-only forum, contests and giveaways.

How do the Learning Pathways work?

Learning Pathways are kind of our special sauce here at Pickup Music. They take all the guesswork out of what to practice. 

You get day-by-day lessons, play along practice exercises with your instructor, interactive jams with the Pickup Music live band and you can submit videos of your playing for feedback from the Pickup Music team. 

We designed this system so that you will know exactly what to practice every time you pick up the guitar. This means that even if you only have time to practice with us once a week, you will still make great progress by following a Learning Pathways. 

How often do I need to practice to see results?

Ideally you would practice about three times a week for 30 minutes at a time. But we know that life gets in the way sometimes! So here’s the good news: deliberate practice matters so much more than how often you practice.

After working with thousands of guitarists, we’ve found that the most important thing is to know exactly what you’re going to practice before you pick up the guitar. Even if you can only use Pickup Music a few times a month, you will still make really good progress if you stick to the step-by-step structure of our Learning Pathways.

How long are the lessons? 

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 original Songs  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. 
  • Ready to really commit to a multi-week program? Try one of our Learning Pathways. Over 3 months and 6 grades of learning, 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.

Can I take the lessons at my own pace?

Everything on Pickup Music is designed to be taken at your own pace. There are no deadlines, so you can work at your own speed. You can stay on a topic until you really understand it before you move on.

While we divide our Learning Pathways into ‘days’ - this is a suggestion only. Some learners might take a few days in one sitting, while others will spend a few sessions on a single day. You can go at the pace that feels most comfortable to you.

How does the 1:1 video feedback work?

We want our members to get the closest thing possible to in-person lessons but at a fraction of the cost. That's why you can now get individual video feedback on your guitar playing from our team of expert instructors.

Here's how it works:

  • Choose a performance piece to learn at the end of each grade of a Learning Pathway.
  • Upload a video of yourself playing the performance piece.
  • An expert instructor from our team will review your playing and send you back a detailed video on what you're doing well and what you need to work on.
  • Repeat for each grade of the Learning Pathway.

Want to see a sample? Check out this recent video feedback from Pickup Music instructor Jack Handyside.

Is Pickup Music good for beginners?

Absolutely! We make learning the guitar fun and 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 Pathways. These programs are designed to quickly take you from a beginner player to an intermediate one who feels comfortable across the whole fretboard.

Is Pickup Music good for intermediate and advanced guitarists?

Pickup Music is the best platform available for intermediate and advanced guitarists. Our courses take you beyond the basics to advanced concepts like the CAGED system, triads, arpeggios, modes and improvisation.

The biggest trap for intermediate players is bouncing around from lesson to lesson without a plan or structure to get to that next level. We are known for taking intermediate and advanced players who have hit a ceiling and busting through until they reach the next level.

Am I too old for guitar lessons?

Many of Pickup Music’s members are in their 60s and 70s and have seen amazing success with our programs. Our platform is designed to be user-friendly for all ages and skill levels. And our supportive community is made up of guitar learners of all ages, cheering each other on.

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When you first sign up to a Pickup Music membership, you enter your credit card but it 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. 

And we send you a reminder before your trial is about to end so you don’t forget about it. 

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.

How does the 60-day money back guarantee work?

In addition to the 14-day free trial, we offer a 60-day money back guarantee. If you’re not satisfied with your progress in the first 60 days of your membership, we will give you your money back - no questions asked.

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.

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

What’s the difference between the annual and monthly plan?

The only difference is the price. The monthly membership is $29.99 charged monthly and the annual membership is $179.99 charged once a year. 

That means that if you select the annual plan you will pay 50% less and save $180 over a year compared to the monthly plan. 

We'll also send you reminders before we bill you each year so that you don't accidentally forget about it.

We give such a big discount for annual members because it aligns with our long-term vision to inspire and support lifelong guitar learning.

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 :)

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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