WELCOME to Learn Blues Guitar Now!



6 week class starting Tuesday, April 17

8-9:15 at Timbre Folk, 801 Bancroft

Price: $150

This is a class designed for adults just starting out on guitar. We will learn chords, strumming patterns, songs, a few riffs and licks, songs and of course more songs. Students will receive handouts and mp3 files to listen to and practice with.  Some of the artists we will cover: Beatles, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Marley, Ventures and more! All you need to participate is a guitar and willingness to learn.

Pete Madsen

In addition to performing, Pete is a well-respected guitar teacher and writes regularly for Acoustic Guitar Magazine. He has been teaching for over twenty years. He has written seven books of guitar instruction, including A Guide to Acoustic Blues Guitar, A Guide to Bottleneck Slide Guitar, Improvisation and Variations for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar, and The CAGED System for Guitar. Most of these titles are available from his educational website: http://learnbluesguitarnow.com

He can be seen at his very popular classes in Berkeley at the Freight & Salvage most Wednesday nights teaching everything from blues jamming to fingerstyle guitar and bottleneck slide. In addition to the above styles Pete is well-versed in rock, electric blues, surf, funk, rockabilly and early jazz.


Space is limited to seven participants. Contact Pete to sign up:




New Teaching Studio!


I will be moving my teaching studio starting August 1. Timbre Folk is a small music store that has just recently opened their doors to the public and is already getting attention in the West Berkeley area. They are located at 801 Bancroft Way/ @5th St.
Mark Walstrom is a warm and friendly owner and has a cool collection of acoustic guitars and Swedish folk instruments. 

I will be teaching private lessons and classes there on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. There is a nice big open space for classes — no more banging your head on the ceiling for you taller folks!




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





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