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Get the Neo-Soul Sound in 10 Days

Lock the smooth sound of neo soul under your fingers.

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WHo it's for

Intermediate guitarists

Learn neo soul without getting bogged down by hours of theory. This class is perfect for making quick guitar gains.

Time

10 days

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

Outcome

Play like butter 🧈🧈🧈

You'll leave this class with a diverse set of neo-soul techniques that'll turn you into a silky-smooth guitarist.

JUST THE START

Take the next step

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

What you'll learn

Over the next 10 days, Nicklas Myhre will guide you through the cornerstones of modern neo soul guitar.

  • Learn iconic neo-soul fills and progressions.
  • Add advanced jazz-fueled sounds to your playing.
  • Improve your songwriting skills with daily challenges.
  • Jam out over professionally-produced backing tracks.
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

This music-first course is designed to get you playing neo-soul guitar that sounds great right away. In each lesson, Nicklas breaks down a concept then guides you through exercises and jams to internalize what you learned in a musical context.

How to Get the Neo-Soul Sound

What are the fundamental elements that make up great neo-soul guitar playing?

To kick off the class, you'll learn the essential elements of neo soul by working with colorful chords and connecting pentatonic scales.

Neo-Soul Chord Embellishments 101

Expressive harmony plays a massive role in neo-soul guitar.

In Day 2, you'll learn iconic neo-soul chord embellishments that'll bring your rhythm playing to life.

4 Must-Know Neo-Soul Progressions

In Day 3, you'll study four iconic neo-soul chord progressions to get an understanding of how to build your own songs.

Nicklas will break down the theory behind each of these progressions followed by an interactive jam to help you get comfortable with them.

Day 4. The Best Way to Practice Double Stops

Next, you'll learn how to beef up your lead guitar playing with double stops – a crucial technique for any neo-soul player. This versatile lesson will come in handy for way more than just neo soul.

Day 5. Techniques to Make Your Phrases Flow

There's a reason we associate the words "silky smooth" with neo-soul guitar. In this conceptual lesson, you'll examine a series of techniques and tools you can use to hone your tone and smooth out your playing.

Day 6. How to Play Passing Chords

Listen to any neo-soul song and you'll hear a ton of complex chordal movements. In this lesson, Nicklas pulls demystifies the art of the passing chord so you can breathe new life into your progressions.

Day 7. Chord Extensions to Find Melodies Within Chords

Chord extensions are great for accessing colorful voicings, but did you also know that you can use them to fuel your songwriting? Here, you'll learn how to explore melodic possibilities that are just a pinky away.

Day 8. How to Write Neo-Soul Riffs in 4 Easy Steps

Learning another guitarist's licks is a piece of cake, but you're not alone if you struggle to compose your own material. In this lesson, you'll learn a simple process you can use to cook up your own spicy riffs.

Day 9. Write a Song Walkthrough

To build on your gains from Day 8, Nicklas will take things a step further and break down another straightforward formula you can use to write your own neo-soul songs.

Day 10. Recap & Write a Neo-Soul Beat

Finally, we'll review everything you learned and challenge you to compose your own neo-soul beat!

Bonus Lessons – Neo-Soul Toolkit & 3 Original SongSquads

But wait, there's more! We have seven additional bite-sized lessons where Nicklas breaks down some of his favorite neo-soul tools and techniques that he uses on a daily basis in his viral guitar videos.

He also produced three stank-face-inducing instrumental compositions just for this class. For each song, you get interactive TAB, a lesson breakdown video, and the backing track so you can learn the groove or improvise to your heart's content.

By the end of this class, you're going to have some jaw-dropping tricks up your sleeve.

Curriculum

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

10-Day Plan

Days 1-3

Get acquainted with the fundamentals of neo-soul harmony.

Day 1. How to Get the Neo-Soul Sound

Your primary goal on the first day of class is to learn the basics of chord embellishments in the neo-soul style. You'll also examine chord progressions and other useful techniques to start you on your neo-soul journey. Finally, you'll learn to embellish chords across two levels of difficulty before wrapping up the lesson in a jam with Nicklas.

Day 2. Neo-Soul Chord Embellishments

In this lesson, we’ll pick up where we left off on Day 1 as Nicklas will guide you through a more rigorous approach to chord embellishments. We’ll start by looking at major, minor, and dominant chords before finally moving onto altered dominant chords. You'll tackle diverse techniques like hammer ons, pull offs, slides, arpeggiation, rolling notes, and vibrato.

Day 3. 4 Must-Know Neo-Soul Progressions

Today, you’ll study four chord progressions that encapsulate the sound of neo-soul harmony. The lessons and exercises from the previous two days will play a big role in today’s lesson. Just like before, Nicklas will break down the theory for each of these progressions followed by a jam to really get comfortable with them. As you work through these, you'll solidify your rhythm foundation by embellishing each progression using techniques from Days 1 and 2.

Days 4 & 5

Shift focus to lead guitar playing through the lens of neo soul.

Day 4. The Best Way to Practice Double Stops

Today, we’ll dive into the many ways that you can use double stops with 3rds, 4ths, and 6ths. These are a key ingredient in the neo-soul sound. Before you jump into your first exercise of the day, it’s important to get comfortable playing the E major scale horizontally. Many of today’s exercises will focus on moving horizontally across the neck.

Day 5. Techniques to Make Your Phrases Flow

Then, we’ll switch things up and investigate the science of smooth. There are three interrelated concepts you’ll get familiar with: tone, touch, and technique. These interrelated concepts are all key to capturing the silky-smooth sound of neo soul.

Days 6 & 7

Take your neo-soul harmony foundation even further.

Day 6. How to Play Passing Chords

How do neo-soul guitarists make their chord progressions sound so jazzy and complex? The answer is passing chords. These handy chords present an opportunity to create a melodic bridge between two chords. Certain passing chords can add tension or create a brief and unexpected change in music. When used effectively, they can seriously spice up a song!

Day 7. Chord Extensions to Find Melodies Within Chords

In this lesson, you’ll learn be all about finding, creating and connecting melodies within chords. As guitarists, developing the ability to blend chords with melodies is an incredibly desirable skill. Melodies exist around all of the chords that we know – they’re just waiting for us to discover them! Once you learn how to utilize the melodic possibilities that are present in a chord progression, your improvisational vocabulary and songwriting abilities will increase tenfold.

Days 8-10

Take a songwriting intensive, review what you've learned, and explore some tasty bonus lessons.

Day 8. How to Write Neo-Soul Riffs in 4 Easy Steps

Today, we’ll draw on everything you learned so far and get creative with Nicklas’ four-step process to writing neo-soul riffs. Writing buttery-smooth riffs is where all of your new neo-soul knowledge comes into play.

Day 9. Write a Song Walkthrough

Things are going to get really interesting today. In this lesson, Nicklas will walk you through a tried-and-true songwriting formula. Then, we’re challenging you to write your own neo-soul song! Restrictions are a great way to stay focused and get creative, so Nicklas will give you some parameters to write within and guide you through the process to craft your own mini tune.

Day 10. Recap & Write a Neo-Soul Beat

We'll wrap up the class by summarizing everything you'll have learned and putting down the gauntlet for one final creative challenge – write your very own neo-soul beat.

Bonus Lesson: Nicklas' Neo-Soul Toolkit

Dive into seven bite-sized lessons where Nicklas pulls back the curtain on his neo-soul sound. These are perfect for intermediate and advanced players who want to grab some quick inspiration.

Bonus Lesson: 3 New SongSquads

Nicklas is a formidable producer in his own right. To wrap up the class and put what you learned in a purely musical context, he produced three stank-face-inducing beats and composed an instrumental song over each one. You're not going to want to miss these.

Student stories

Learn how Get the Neo-Soul Sound in 10 Days has helped real guitarists break through their playing plateau and realize their potential.

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“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."

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Germany

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