Learn the fundamentals of guitar playing.
First time picking up a guitar? You've come to the right place. This learning pathway requires no prior experience.
Joey will guide you through 6 guided grades with step-by-step instruction and daily practice exercises.
Zero to hero
Develop a rock-solid foundation of rhythm guitar skills so you can play and jam along to any popular song.
Take the next step
Once you've tackled this course, keep learning with intermediate Master Classes and guided practice plans.
This crystal-clear learning pathway will get you playing right away as you build a rock-solid foundation for rhythm guitar.
This ultra-guided beginner pathway takes the guess work out of learning guitar. Throughout six step-by-step grades, you'll learn the fundamentals of rhythm & lead guitar as you develop the ability to play any popular song.
By the end of this Learning Pathway, you'll be able to play the chords any of your favorite popular songs.
To get you started on the right foot, Joey will guide you through the absolute fundamentals of lead guitar. You'll tackle simple melodies and play along to a series of songs so you can start jamming right away.
From here on out, we put the focus on rhythm guitar. You'll kick off this grade with simple one-finger chords that are a breeze to play but still sound lush.
By the end of this grade, you'll be jamming along with iconic songs by Van Morrison and Ben E. King.
Here, you'll continue developing your rhythm guitar toolkit with fundamental open chords.
As you add new chord shapes to your vocabulary, you'll jam along with Joey using songs by Jimi Hendrix and Journey as your musical backdrop.
To cap off your beginner guitar education, you'll take your rhythm skills to the next level by learning colorful singer-songwriter chords and tackling the almighty bar chord.
By the end of this Learning Pathway, you'll have the skills to jam along with any of your favorite popular songs.
Stay focused with this step-by-step learning program designed by our expert team of music educators.
Grade 1. Get Playing
Take the first steps in your guitar journey.
When you're just starting out with guitar, it's crucial to establish proper technique. To kick off this Learning Pathway, Joey will guide you through the absolute fundamentals of guitar playing – from holding the guitar to playing your first notes.
Then, over the next 10 days, you'll take a tour through various guitar styles, including blues, rock, country, and calypso, as you hone basic lead guitar skills and jam along to backing tracks.
At the end of the grade, you'll have the opportunity to assume the role as lead guitarist with a live-recorded backing band as you apply what you learned in a musical context. Once you learn a song with the band, you can submit a video of yourself playing it to our team of pro guitarists for personalized feedback.
Grade 2. Strum
Build a rhythm guitar foundation with open chords.
For the next leg in your guitar journey, Joey will guide you through a foolproof way to start playing chords. You'll start with one-finger chords and work your way toward fundamental open chords. To keep things fresh, you'll strum along to iconic songs like Despacito, Stand by Me, Perfect, Brown-Eyed Girl.
At the end of the grade, you'll once again have the opportunity to jam out with a live-recorded backing band and get personalized feedback on your performance from the Pickup Music team.
Grade 3. Jam
Expand your rhythm guitar foundation with open chords and learn your first "bar chord".
By now, you'll have developed a solid repertoire of open chords that'll enable you to start jamming out to a ton of real songs. In this grade, we put the focus on making music with songs by Jimi Hendrix & Journey.
As you strum your way through more fundamental chord shapes, Joey will teach you colorful bluesy chords and teach you how to play a tiny bar chord.
As always, you'll have an opportunity to get feedback on your playing after you jam out with the Pickup Music band.
Wrap up the first leg of your guitar journey by polishing your rhythm guitar skills.
Grade 4. Colorful Chords
In this grade, you'll tackle colorful singer-songwriter chords as you strum your way through iconic songs like Kiss Me, Californication, Crazy Little Thing Called Love, and Thinking Out Loud.
You'll also learn how to add bassline movement to your chordal playing with slash chords At the end of the grade, you'll get to jam out with the Pickup Music band and get personalized feedback on your playing.
Grade 5. Bar Chords
This is where the rubber meets the road! In this grade, you'll tackle the almighty bar chord – rich chord shapes that pack a punch and will unlock 99% of popular music for you.
With Joey's tried-and-true teaching approach, learning these challenging chords will be a breeze. You'll work your way up from simple power chord shapes to the full bar chord. As always, you'll cap off the grade by jamming out with a live-recorded backing band so you can get personalized feedback on your playing.
Grade 6. 5th-String Bar Chords
There's only one hurdle left in the Learning Pathway: 5th-string bar chords. Learning to play these shapes is the last piece of the rhythmic puzzle. 5th-string bar chords make it easy to play songs by giving you economy of movement when changing chords within a progression.
Just as before, you'll start with a simple chord shape and build into the full bar chord from there. After a jam session with the Pickup Music Band and an interactive quiz, you're ready for the big leagues.
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