WELCOME to Learn Blues Guitar Now!

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6 week online class starting on Saturday, March 13 noon-1:30 (PST)

zoom invite

Price: $150

Robert Johnson is considered the most influential of the early blues men. His haunting vocals and spectacular guitar playing have inspired musicians for decades. In this class we will explore several of his compositions in both standard and open tunings (A, G and D(E) minor). Topics include: fingerpicking style, chord variations, shuffle rhythms and slide guitar.  Songs:

Crossroads Blues,

Love in Vain

Sweet Home Chicago,

Come on in My Kitchen,


From Four Until Late,

Terraplane Blues,

32-20 Blues,

They’re Red Hot,

Hellhound on My Trail.

Note: participants should have some experience fingerpicking blues songs, but an effort will be made to accommodate novice and intermediate players. Participants will also need a bottleneck slide. Pete will discuss in class the options for purchasing a bottleneck and which slides sound best for acoustic guitar.
For more information or to signup contactPete. (mailto:buzzyfrets@yahoo.com

Introduction to Blues Fingerpicking

Six Wednesdays, 7:30-9pm. Starts March 10

online zoom class

Price: $150

Do you love the playing of Robert Johnson, Big Bill Broonzy, Son House or Delta and Piedmont blues in general? Unlock the mystery of the right hand in blues fingerpicking. This class is designed for the beginning blues fingerpicker: you will learn about playing a constant bass with your thumb over a melody line played with your fingers. First we will learn about “dead-thumb” – playing a single string bass, with melody notes played on other strings. Then we will try an “alternating bass” – a bass that travels between two or more strings. The bass in early blues recordings drove the music with a“chug” and a “bounce” that helped give the music its special rhythmic characteristics.

Participants should have knowledge of first position guitar chords and some fingerpicking experience is useful…beyond that just a love of blues and a desire to learn is all that is needed.

Songs will include:

Freight Train

Blues In G

Blues in C

12 bar Blues in Open D tuning

Pig Meat Strut

Kind Hearted Woman

Spanish Two Step (open G tuning)

For more information or to signup contact Pete. (mailto:buzzyfrets@yahoo.com

Jamming the Blues

Starts Saturday, March 13
Six Saturdays
Price: $150
Online -zoom invite

In this class I will be teaching blues in more of the electric style. We will learn RHYTHM: shuffle rhythms, walking bass lines, chords accents; and SOLOING ideas using  pentatonic scales and chord tones. I will cover techniques like string bending, finger slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, playing swing-style rhythms, and more. In the last session we focused on the keys of A and E. In this new session we will work in the keys of D and B minor.

For more information or to signup contact Pete mailto:buzzyfrets@yahoo.com


November 14, 2020

As many people all over the world are being forced to shelter is place its a good time to work on your guitar skills

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