Pickup Music review 2024

Some of the most personable online guitar lessons available, suited to both beginner and experienced players

Screen grabs from Pickup Music online lessons
(Image: © Pickup Music)

Guitar World Verdict

Pickup Music is an all-encompassing online learning platform for guitarists of any level – from straight-up beginners, to experienced players looking to expand their six-string vocabulary.


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    Easy to navigate

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    Wide range of material

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    Clear and concise videos

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    Pathways let you learn the traditional way

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    Bitesized videos great for those shorter on time

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    Cool guest artists


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    Can’t download videos for offline use

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    Currently no iOS or Android app

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At a glance

Screen grabs from Pickup Music online lessons

(Image credit: Pickup Music)

Price: $29.99 a month/$179.99 a year
Trial: 14-days free
Features: Graded learning pathways, daily exercises, 1 to 1 video feedback, master classes, 5 minute lessons, artist lessons, downloadable exercises 

Online guitar lessons have become more and more prominent in recent years. There’s no denying that they have their limitations when compared to face-to-face lessons, but Pickup Music does everything possible to limit those and bring a level of personalisation and interactivity that many online learning platforms lack. 

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Richard Blenkinsop

After spending a decade in music retail, I’m now a freelance writer for Guitar World, MusicRadar, Guitar Player and Reverb, specialising in electric and acoustic guitars, bass, and almost anything else you can make a tune with. When my head’s not buried in the best of modern and vintage gear, I run a small company helping musicians with songwriting, production and performance, and I play bass in an alt-rock band.