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Improvising and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar is now available!!!!
MARCH 2014 GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE
Fingerpicking the Blues
Six Wednesdays 7-8:15pm starts March 12 - $120
Do you love the playing of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or Delta and Piedmont blues in general? Unlock the mystery of the right hand in blues fingerpicking. This class is designed for the beginning blues fingerpicker: you will learn about playing a constant bass with your thumb over a melody line played with your fingers. First we will learn about “dead-thumb” – playing a single string bass, with melody notes played on other strings. Then we will try an “alternating bass” – a bass that travels between two or more strings. The bass in early blues recordings drove the music with a“chug” and a “bounce” that helped give the music its special rhythmic characteristics.
Participants should have knowledge of first position guitar chords…beyond that just a love of blues and a desire to learn is all that is needed.
The Guitar of Robert Johnson
Six Wednesdays 8:30-9:45 Starting March 12 -- $120
Robert Johnson is considered the most influential of the early blues men. His haunting vocals and spectacular guitar playing have inspired musicians for decades. In this class we will explore several of his compositions in both standard and open tunings (A and G). Topics include: fingerpicking style, chord variations, shuffle rhythms and slide guitar. Participants should be comfortable playing a blues shuffle and have some fingerstyle playing in their background. Songs: Kind Hearted Woman, 32-20 Blues, When You Got a Good Friend, Sweet Home Chicago, Come on in My Kitchen, Crossroads, From Four Until Late, Terraplane Blues, Hell Hound on my Trail.
GROOVING THE BLUES
Six Thuesdays 7-8:15 – starting March 13
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. We will learn about hybrid picking. If you have taken “Grooving” before this will be an opportunity to review some of the material as well as learn some NEW stuff. Participants should be comfortable playing basic blues shuffle patterns.
JAMMING THE BLUES
Six Thursday 8:30-9:45 – starting March 13
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. If you have taken “Jamming” before this will be an opportunity to review some of the material as well as learn some NEW stuff.
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:
To register contact the Freight and Salvage
2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA
CONTACT PETE MADSEN ABOUT LESSONS, GIGS, CLASSES...
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…
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…
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