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Pete's Fingerstyle Blues Academy


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.



Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

Six Wednesdays 7-8:15pm 

Starting May 8

Price: $130 early bird

In this class we learn the basics of fingerstyle guitar for folk, rock and blues. If you have been strumming chords for a little bit this will be a great opportunity for you to discover how playing with your fingers can add a beautiful and lyrical element to your playing. Songs will include “Landslide,” “Will the Circle be Unbroken,” “Dust in the Wind,” “Freight Train,” “We are going to be Friends,” and others. Participants only need to have basic knowledge of first position chords



Six Wednesdays 8:30-9:45

Price: $130 early bird

Six Wednesdays, 8:30-9:45pm For guitar players who want to learn how to play rhythm and 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  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.

to register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA,

 www.thefreight.org, (510)644-2020


at Timbre Folk

801 Bancroft

Berkeley, CA



TIME: Saturdays: 10:30-1pm

Starting May 11— six weeks


at Timbre Folk and Baroque

This Session’s Theme: Chord Tone Soloing
The PBJ is an extended class/jam — 2.5 hours — where I will teach various techniques and blues structures, which we will apply in a jam-type setting. We will cover rhythm playing: chords, swing and accents; lead playing: scales, phrasing, partial chords. We have a lot of fun. It’s a structured outline but with plenty of time for folks to comment and discuss ideas, and get feedback from each other and myself. If you are looking to expand your blues guitar playing and want to have some fun feel free to contact me.

Rock of the 70s

Six Thursdays starting May 9


price: $175

In this class we will learn to play some of the favorites from the 1970s. Songs from bands like Santana, CCR, Dire Straits, Bowie, Bill Withers, Tom Petty, Bob Seger. Songs will include: Black Magic Woman, Sultans of Swing, Night Moves, Who'll Stop the Rain, Refugee, Changes, and more. This will be a class for the intermediate guitarist: you know first position chords, some barre chords and may or may have not attempted some soloing.


To sign up for Timbre classes contact Pete

a $50 deposit is required to register


Six Sundays 10am-noon, beginning May 5

Price: $90 for all six weeks or $20 drop-in

Almost all instruments welcome (sorry, no full drum sets).

This is a “friendly” mostly acoustic blues jam for novice jammers. We play through several songs at modest tempos and takes turns playing solos.

Jam lead by Pete Madsen


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


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