Pickup Music Chords Library TUTORIAL
Welcome to the Pickup Music Chords Library! In this Master Class, you’ll learn how to play essential chord shapes across the guitar.
This class is much more than just a handy reference. You’ll learn everything from how to play your first chords to how to tweak them according to different genres and players.
What you’ll learn
By the end of this class, you’ll be able to play the chords behind any popular song and most jazz standards. You’ll also be able to compose and arrange your own unique songs.
In Part I, we start with the absolute basics of how to play a chord with a breakdown of essential beginner and intermediate chord shapes. Before moving on, we’ve included two interlude lessons on the numbers system and major key harmony because, while learning chord shapes is an important first step, they won’t do you much good if you don’t when to use them.
Once you get comfortable with the nuts and bolts of some basic chord shapes, we’ll learn how to spice things up in Part II. Here, Sam will show you how to add flavor to your chords by utilizing open strings, extensions, and passing chords.
Then, it’s time to learn chord styling in Part III, where Sam walks you through chord techniques that are characteristic of various genres and guitarists.
After learning six must-know chord progressions in Part IV, we’ll leave you to comb through Part V.’s chord finder at your leisure. The chord finder is a standalone resource for when you want to learn a few new shapes or are having trouble with a particular chord.
- Chord Finder PDF with 200+ chord diagrams
- 30 HD video lessons
- 2+ hours of instruction
- Step-by-step guides for complete beginners
Who is this class for?
This Master Class is for anyone who plays guitar! If you’re a complete beginner, this class will get you started with easy-to-learn chords and lessons on proper technique. Alternatively, if you’re an intermediate or advanced guitarist and find yourself feeling bored or limited in your playing, this class will equip you with new sounds to find fresh inspiration.
Simply put, this class is the best way to learn chords on guitar, and there’s something in here for everyone!
Tips for learning
Use this Master Class as a handy resource for anytime you need to add new sounds to your playing. You’ll learn how to add flavor to chords you already know through extensions, open strings, inversions, and music theory.
Meet your instructor
Sam Blakelock is a Los Angeles-based guitarist and educator. He’s also the founder of Pickup Music.
Originally from New Zealand, Sam earned his Master’s degree in jazz performance from The City University of New York. As a guitarist, Sam has performed all around the world – in off-broadway productions, as a music director on cruise ships, on American Idol, and at iconic venues like the Blue Note Jazz Club in NYC, Smalls Jazz Club, Hotel Cafe, and Carnegie Hall.
Ready to learn all the chords? Let’s get started!