Nicklas Myhre

Get the Neo-Soul Sound in 10 Days

Lock the smooth sound of neo soul under your fingers.

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.


10 days

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


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.

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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.


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.

“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.”

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"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."

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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."

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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”.

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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.

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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
  • interactive TAB
  • 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.

How does the 14-day free trial work? 

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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