Lawrence Jones
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Gospel Guitar

Get a grip on essential gospel techniques & concepts.

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WHo it's for

Advanced

This intensive course is perfect for players who know their way around jazz chords and major/minor scales.

Time

1 week

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

Outcome

Get the gospel sound

You'll leave this class with a new set of tools that'll spice up your playing with modern & classic gospel sounds.

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

Over the next seven days, Lawrence will walk you through lessons & exercises that'll get you playing gospel right away.

  • Broaden your vocabulary with lush chord voicings.
  • Make your solos sing with expressive gospel melodies.
  • Learn through modern tunes & classic gospel ballads.
How it works

Your guided learning pathway

This music-first course is designed to walk you through the world of gospel guitar using real compositions. In each lesson, Lawrence will break down a technique or concept as it relates to a ballad, congregational, or modern gospel song. Simply put, this Master Class is the best way to get the sound of church guitar under your fingers.

Day 1. Introduction to gospel guitar

To kick off the class, we'll dive straight into a song so you can start playing right away.

You'll learn all the important chord shapes, melodies, and genre-specific approaches to Lawrence's song Norway Vibe.

Day 2. How to play modern gospel ballads

You can't talk about gospel guitar without exploring the rhythm of the genre.

Today, you'll explore the plucky rhythmic accompaniment from Lawrence's Norway Vibe. Then, you'll learn how to solo over the tune.

Day 3. Traditional congregational feel

The upbeat feel of the traditional congregational is a staple in gospel guitar.

In this lesson, you'll tackle a traditional congregational "What a Mighty God", from the ground up by starting with chords and working through to melodic expression.

Day 4. Amazing Grace

You can't talk about gospel music without this iconic song. In Day 4, Lawrence will guide you through the chords and melody to one of the most famous hymns ever, Amazing Grace.

Day 5. Modern funky gospel

As gospel evolved over the years, it found a natural companion in the joy-driven genre of funk. In Day 5, you'll explore the rhythm-centric world of modern gospel.

Day 6. Gospel ballad with vamp changes

Next, you'll explore a harmonically-rich ballad that features a classic gospel-style vamp section. First, Lawrence will walk you through the chords, then he'll show you how to solo over the tune.

Day 7. I'm a Soldier

To cap off the class, you'll tackle one last upbeat congregational tune. Tons of bright & bopping chord changes to sink your teeth into here!

Curriculum

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

10-Day Plan

Day 1. Introduction to gospel guitar

Learn about the fundamentals of the gospel guitar style

Whether you heard it in church, at a concert, or from your favorite players online, something has lead you here today seeking more info on gospel guitar playing. It’s not as common to stumble upon as rock, pop, and jazz, which lend themselves to a more familiar concert setting and radio dials. 

Guitar didn’t always have a strong presence in gospel music. It wasn’t easy to hear over the piano, upright bass, and drum sets – all more profoundly self-amplifying. As amp technology began to develop, so did the advent of quartet music where the guitar is prominently featured.

In today's lesson, you'll learn some gospel history, then dive straight into harmony, melody, and expressive techniques through the lens of gospel guitar.

Day 2. How to play modern gospel ballads

Check out the plucky rhythmic accompaniment from Lawrence's tune Norway Vibes.

Many gospel ballads leave ample room for contemplative melodic movement. It’s a sensual, soft, and tender dynamic that's best achieved by treating your electric almost like it’s an acoustic. The best way to learn how to navigate these chord changes in a soloing setting is by exploring the harmony of a gospel ballad.

Once you get a grip on the chords and rhythm, Lawrence will walk you through tips to solo over his song. This will bring you to a key point: emotion is key in gospel music. The exchange between audience and performer is a transformative space and can help shine light through the darkest of times. Keeping this in mind, you'll jam out with Lawrence and practice expressing yourself over the plucky rhythm.

Day 3. Traditional congregational feel

Dissect a time-honored gospel form and learn how to approach it in your playing.

The feel you'll explore today is part of a penecostal service called the devotional. In this interactive setting, members of the church will openly testify and engage in call-and-response songs. Every church has its own way of going about it, and a church ensemble’s members are not set in stone.

In today's lesson, you'll get comfortable with the harmonic backbone of What a Mighty God, then trade off licks with Lawrence in a super fun virtual jam session.

Days 4-7

Cap off the class with four more gospel-fueled tunes that'll help you hone your playing.

Day 4. Amazing Grace

This wouldn't be a proper gospel guitar Master Class if we didn't pay tribute to the legendary hymn Amazing Grace! In today's lesson, you'll learn an important point about the gospel music church setting: any musician should be ready to solo during a hymn. If you're in the church band, it's not a matter of if you'll be called to solo, it's a matter of when.


If you’re unsure what to play, it’s always a safe and satisfying solution to play the lyrical melody.
Going with the main melody and letting ad-libs bloom from there is a good starting point for any solo. Today, Lawrence will help you prepare for this gospel eventuality with Amazing Grace as your harmonic base.

Day 5. Modern funky gospel

Gospel and funk are two birds of a feather – when the guitars are spanking and voices come together it’s hard to sit still. In fact, the king of soul himself, James Brown, was inspired by uptempo gospel rhythms.

Today, you'll work on a tune that's inspired by James Brown’s grooves in the style of supporting a choral group. As always, you'll tackle the rhythm before practicing soloing applications.

Day 6. Gospel ballad with vamp changes

Vamp sections are a massive part of playing gospel music. You might know vamps as one or two-chord grooves that stay static in a harmonic sense while musicians solo over them. In gospel, a vamp can also refer to a repeating musical section that a band might play while someone delivers a dialogue.

In today's lesson, you'll learn how to address a vamp section in a chordal and soloing context.

Day 7. I'm a Soldier

For the final day of this soulful Master Class, you'll put the pedal to the medal with a fast-chanking, upbeat congregational tune. This is the true test of your gospel skills! You'll use the same approach as the previous class days by starting with the rhythm and working up to lead guitar skills.

Once you master the material in this class, we have plenty of additional soulful lessons for you to continue on leveling up in your guitar journey.

Student stories

Learn how Gospel Guitar 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

Germany

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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.

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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
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  • 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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