Welcome to pickupjazz; your complete online guide to becoming an awesome jazz guitar player.

My name is Sam Blakelock – I’m a jazz guitarist living in NYC and the creator of pickupjazz.com.

I wrote the bulk of this website while performing five hours a night in a jazz quartet on a cruise ship in Northern Europe. Right now, I am living in NYC studying my Master of Music in jazz guitar performance. These lessons aren’t from a text book or the studio of a ‘teach-from-home’ guitar teacher/webmaster (as many of the online jazz guitar resources are), they come directly from the bandstand to you.

If you want to:

  • Learn beginner jazz guitar
  • Play musically (not like a jazz robot)
  • Have fun while learning (most importantly)

… then pickupjazz is your new online home.

If you are a beginner start here, otherwise browse your full index of jazz guitar lessons here.

Please feel free to contact me with any suggestions or questions you may have. I am a real-life, guitar loving, passionate jazz geek. If you find any mistakes or lessons that need improving please do not hesitate contacting me – there is always more to learn and new techniques to improve on; I am an eternal student of jazz.

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