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Wednesday Night FUN Guitar Class: British Invasion

8 weeks starting Wednesday June 26


at Timbre Folk, 801 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

Price: $200

In this class we will play through 8-10 songs from the British bands of the 1960s. The goal is to have fun and learn some of those favorites tunes. Participants should be a familiar with first position and barre chords. This is an acoustic guitar class.

Songs will include:

Because — Beatles

Back in the U.S.S.R. — Beatles

Heart Full of Soul — Yardbirds

For Your Love — Yardbirds

Substitute — The Who

Behind Blue Eyes — The Who

Lola — Kinks

Waterloo Sunset — Kinks


I will also allow drop-ins. Drop-in fee is $30.


Timbre Folk is a charming little music shop in west Berkeley where I teach individual and group lessons. They have a great assortment of stringed instruments including, guitars, violins, mandolins, ukuleles, Swedish nyckelharpas, and other cool stuff. In he evenings and on weekends there is plenty of free and close street parking.


 Summer Guitar Apprenticeship Program

This summer I will be accepting 4 students to study fingerstyle blues with me at my teaching studio in Berkeley, CA. This will be an opportunity for interested guitarists to take a deep dive into the prewar blues genre, studying the music of the greats like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake, Memphis Minnie and others. Depending on each student's background we will learn good fingerstyle technique, play in open tunings (open D:DADF#AD), and open G: DGDGBD) 


The program will consist of private lessons with me, Pete Madsen, and will culminate in a performance at Timbre Folk in September — date and time TBD. Students will perform 2-3 songs for friends and family is a supportive environment. I will provide instruction, song suggestions, TABS, recordings and video tutorials.

Contact Pete for more information: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com



ONLINE -zoom


Electric Slide Guitar

online zoom class,

Six Tuesday evenings beginning May 14


Price: $175

Over the years of playing both electric and acoustic slide guitar I have learned that the two styles have some distinct technical differences. String damping, for instance, is handled by the fretting hand in acoustic, while electric players tend to damp with the picking hand. There is also the issue of standard tuning vs. open tunings: electric players are more likely to play in standard tuning than acoustic players.


In this class we will work through some exercises, licks and phrases that the greats have employed to produce great electric slide guitar. Duane Allman, David Lindley Johnny Winter, Waddy Wachtel, George Harrison, Brian Jones, and Joe Walsh will all be represented and we will play though parts or all of the following songs:


Running on Empty (Jackson Brown/Lindley)

Victim of Love (Eagles/Walsh)

Werewolves of London (Warren Zevon/Wachtel)

Day After Day (Badfinger/George Harrison)

Hwy. 61 (Johnny Winter)

No Expectations (Rolling Stones/Jones)

Ain’t Wastin’ No More Time (Allman Brothers/Duane)


to sign up for Electric slide contact Pete: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com

contact Pete: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com





Forty songs and exercises to give your acoustic blues a kick start! Songs from Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi John Hurt, Reverend Gary Davis and many more. Standard tuning, open g tuning, and open D tuning.




Update: February 2024

TrueFire channel is still live and growing. The latest lessons are Chump Man Blues by Blind Blake, and They're Red Hot by Robert Johnson.



Check out my True Fire channel: access to lots of TABS, videos and acoustic blues guitar education. The focus is on fingerstyle blues. Learn to play:

• alternating bass

• monotonic bass

• slide guitar

• open tunings

• Lots and Lots of songs!

There over 200 videos and over a 150 TABS

Pete's Fingerstyle Blues Academy


I also teach private lessons at my studio in Berkeley. E-mail or call me for rates and availability.



Order the book: Play the Blues Like...



This book shows you how to play in the style of 12 different blues and blues-inspired artists, such as: Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Skip James, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Memphis

Minnie, and many more. The book was written in conjunction with Acoustic Guitar magazine and published by Hal Leonard.



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