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 FALL 2014 GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE!!!    

GROOVING THE BLUES 

Six Wednesdays 7-8:15pm – starting September10

Price: $120

After teaching my “Jamming the Blues” classes for the past year and a half I realized that the rhythm portion of the blues was being neglected. So much of the blues is about “feel.” So we will focus on groove and rhythm. 

We will start out with the standard blues shuffle in the key of E, but then learn many different variations using: walking bass lines, chord variations and double-stops. We will vary the rhythm; learn about swing 8ths as opposed to straight 8ths; learn a rumba groove. We will learn some funky grooves and some minor blues grooves. 

 

JAMMING THE BLUES 

Six Wednesdays 8:30-9:45pm – starting September 10

Price: $120

For guitar players who want to learn how to solo over blues changes. We will take a basic 12 bar blues as our background format and use ideas based on scales, riffs and chord shapes to learn the art of soloing. This will be a lot of fun for those folks who have a little background in playing blues rhythms, but want to create lead lines that are rippin! Learn classic solo lines from players like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and many more. Some background in playing blues rhythm required, but other than that just a desire to put some heart (and muscle!) into your guitar playing.

 

COUNTRY GUITAR 101

Six Thursdays 7-8:15pm - starting September 11

Price: $120

Do you love the twang and the full-blown chord sound of country guitar? This class will cover several songs and techniques used in country guitar. We will cover artists such as Merle Travis, Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, A.P. Carter, Patsy Cline, Hank Williams and others. We will be using songs like “Walking After Midnight,” “Crazy,” “Wildwood Flower, “16 Tons,” “Move it On Over” and others to explore Carter-style picking, major scale riffs and licks, chicken-pickin’, shuffle patterns, a bit of fingerpicking and generally have a good ol’ time picking. Participants should be familiar with first position chords and being comfortable with barre chords would be 

useful, as well.

 

INTRODUCTION TO GYPSY JAZZ GUITAR

SIX THURSDAYS 8:30-9:45 PM — STARTING SEPTEMBER 11, 

Price $120

In this class we will learn to play some of the classic Gypsy Jazz material made famous by Django Reinhardt and the Hot Club of Paris. We will explore gypsy jazz rhythm guitar using the chord voicings that Django and his followers use. We will learn the melodies (heads) to some of the classic tunes like: Minor Swing, Lime House Blues, All of Me, Honeysuckle Rose, Dark Eyes and others. Time permitting we will also cover ideas for improvising solos. This being an introduction, players are not required to have any previous gypsy jazz playing experience, but being familiar with the material will be helpful; i.e. having some recordings to listen to.

To register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA

(510)644-2020

 

 

Pete Madsen has been teaching and performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. His musical specialty is the art and craft of fingerstyle blues, ragtime and slide guitar.Websites:

 

 www.learnbluesguitarnow.com

To register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA

(510)644-2020

CONTACT PETE MADSEN ABOUT LESSONS, GIGS, CLASSES...
E-MAIL: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com
PHONE: (510)708-8874
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PETE MADSEN'S TEACHING:

I'm a beginning guitar player and have been Pete's student for a few months and wanted to write him up here because I couldn't imagine having found a better teacher. I tried a few other people before going to Pete and the difference is amazing. While most guitar teachers know how to play, Pete also knows how to teach.
He's great at explaining things, great at showing technique, he sends an audio recording of each lesson to your email address (a HUGE help), and teaches you songs that you want to play. In addition to all this his rates are good and he's a cool, easy-going, guitar-loving guy…
--private student


looked forward to the class every week. Even though we were at different skill levels, Pete provided each of us with personal attention which inspired us all to practice. It was fun and rewarding to see myself (and all the other students) improve over the period of the class. Highly recommended!
Bob, student from class


Pete Madsen’s blues guitar classes at the Freight are just great! You learn a lot, and it is incredible fun. I honestly cannot get enough!
– student from class


i been playing for quite a while but not correct finger picking cant sink so this is nice and clear teaching i too think this is one of the best thanks bro
– youtube comment

Thanks for the good video on_ your blues lesson. You explained clearly and broke it down just enough keep up the blues lessons friend God bless

jo bro you helped me so much understand more about_ fingerpicking and syncopation. please keep on teaching man, your one of the best around…
--youtube comment




Took Pete’s Acoustic Blues class.......it was everything I hoped for. He really helped me wrap my head around the fingerpicking that had eluded me for years....thanks again!
I'm looking forward to studying with him again in the future.
-- student from class