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GUITAR CLASSES: November 2022

The Guitar of Stevie Ray Vaughn


zoom invite

Six Thursdays, 7-8:30

starts November 3 (no class, Thursday, November 24)

Price: $175

The high powered guitar wizardry of rockin’ blues guitarist, Stevie Ray Vaughn put him on the radar of every electric blues guitarist around. His sound was fiery and soulful with high speed flourishes that could send shivers up your spine. In this class we will get inside his rhythm and lead playing. We will look at six of his tunes, including:


Scuttle Buttin’

Pride and Joy

Life by the Drop


Mary Had a Little Lamb

Cold Shot


Bottleneck Slide Guitar

on line—zoom invite only

Six Wednesdays, 7-8:30

starts, November 2

Price: $175

Bottleneck slide can be a tricky skill to perfect. In this class we will play through several songs in open D (DADF#AD) and open G (DGDGBD) tunings that fingerstyle players will find challenging yet rewarding. Songs will include

Aberdeen Mississippi Blues (Bukka White)

God Moves on Water (Blind Willie Johnson)

Boogie Woogie Dance (Tampa Red)

Texas Honeymoon (Madsen)

John Henry (Mississippi Fred McDowell)

More TBA


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.




Update: October 2022

TrueFire channel is still live and growing. The latest lessons include Etta Baker's "Carolina Breakdown, and "Some Summer Day," by John Fahey.



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