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Blues Fingerpicking Wednesday

Six Wednesdays, 7-8:30

starts September 14

price: $175

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In this class I will be teaching 6-8 songs from my latest book, A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar: Volume II. If you enjoy playing solo blues songs with a steady-thumb-accompanying-bass this is good class for adding some great material to your repertoire.


Songs will include:


Crazy Cryin Blues (Memphis Minnie)

Ain’t You Sorry (Mance Lipscomb)

Glory of Love (Big Bill Broonzy)

Carolina Breakdown (Etta Baker)

Last Kind Words (Geeshie Wiley)

Big Mama’s Door (Alvin Youngblood Hart)

Some Summer Day (John Fahey)




The Guitar of Jimi Hendrix: Part 2

Six Thursdays 7-8:30

starts September 15

price: $175

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Last year I taught my first Jimi Hendrix class and it was so much fun I couldn’t wait to do another round. Hendrix embodies one of my first musical memories. The confluence of powerful blues, 60s psychedelia, folkiness and sheer musical bombast was something that would stay with me for decades to come. Hendrix was a sponge, soaking up musical inspiration from everywhere. We will learn six of his tunes and along the way see if we can also understand what music inspired those creations.




Castles Made of Sand

Foxey Lady

Manic Depression

Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Purple Haze

Like a Rolling Stone


For more information or to signup contact Pete Madsen:




Forty songs and exercises to get 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.



to sign up for these classes contact Pete Madsen: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com


Update: May 6, 2022

TrueFire channel is still live and growing. The latest lessons include Memphis Minnie's "Drunken Barrelhouse Blues," and  "Using a Metronome for Fingerstyle Blues."TrueFire

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 latest 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