WELCOME to Learn Blues Guitar Now!

The site is dedicated to guitar education. If you are trying to find out about Pete Madsen's shows, cds, and  musical projects go to: petemadsenguitar.com



note: all classes except Jamming the Blues will be on zoom


Led Zeppelin

Six Wednesdays, 7pm-8:30

starts January 19, 2022

zoom invite only

Price: $150

We couldn't get quite enough folks for this class back in November, so we'll try again. Come on! It's Zeppelin! This time (mostly electric) we will play through some of the classics such as:


Good Times, Bad Times


The Lemon Song

Black Mountain Side (acoustic)


Ten Years Gone

Get your electric out and let's crank it up!

Contact Pete if you have any questions or wish to sign up: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com


Blues Fingerpicking:

Creating Your Own Blues

(Part 2: review of key of A, E, C, and new keys of D, and G)

Six Saturdays, 1-2:30 pm starting January 15 (note: new time! and date!)

zoom invite only

Price: $150


This class is designed especially for my blues fingerpicking students who have been studying early blues songs and styles with me. The idea is to take licks, phrases, and rhythms from players like Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Blind Blake, and others, and combine them with scale and chord tones to produce your own blues verses.

Contact Pete if you have any questions or wish to sign up: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com




update August 11, 2021
Speaking of TrueFire, I just posted a couple of new lessons on playing a monotonic bass in the Key of E, as well as a rumba in the style of Snooks Eaglin (great New Orleans guitarist). You can check out the channel for free and if you like it you can stick around and learn a bunch of fingerstyle blues, open tunings, and slide guitar for only $9.99 a month: 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