WELCOME to Learn Blues Guitar Now!


British Invasion Guitar Class

w/Pete Madsen

Six Thursdays 7:30-9pm, starts May 10


Timbre Folk, 801 Bancroft Way, Berkeley, CA

For many of us the British bands of the 1960s were our first major musical love. Beatles, Rolling Stones, the Kinks, the Who, Cream. British guitarists, who were heavily influenced by American blues artists, increased the guitar’s visibility and were the first to be declared “heroes.” In this class we will learn classic songs like Day Tripper, You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away, Wild Horses, You Really Got Me, Can’t Explain, Sunshine of Your Love, Can’t Find My Way Home and many others. We will learn the signature riffs and licks of Eric Clapton, George Harrison, Keith Richards. Participants should have experience playing first position chords and barre chords

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



Introduction to Fingerstyle Guitar

Six Wednesdays 7-8:15pm - Price: early bird $130, starts May 9

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; early bird $130 starts May 9

In this class we will play strictly in open tunings. We will explore some of the great songs from blues masters such as Robert Johnson, Skip James, Son House and others. We will also learn some exercises meant to stimulate your own creativity in open tunings. Some of the tunings we will look at are: open D, open G, open C, open D minor and others if time permits. We will be playing mainly fingerstyle (using an alternating bass), but might do a little strumming, as well. Participants should have some familiarity with blues fingerpicking.


To register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA,

 www.thefreight.org, (510)644-2020



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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