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 got to: petemadsenguitar.com


Check out my new True Fire channel: access to lots of TABS, videos and acoustic blues guitar education:

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.



Starts January 17 (no class January 24)

Six weeks


Timbre Folk

Let's go back to the 1960s and revisit the bands we all love: Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who, the Kinks, The Yardbirds, Cream, Clapton...Guitar-based rock at its best. We will learn chords, riffs, and songs.

We focus on guitar, but folks are welcome to sing along price : $175

at Timbre Folk and Baroque

I am delighted to be joined in this session by Jim Funk, former "Paul" vocalist and bass player for the Sun Kings, who will bring his extensive knowledge of Beatles vocal stylings and musical instrumentation to the class


Current lead vocalist, bassist and acoustic guitarist for pop band The Dawdlers, former “Paul
guy” in San Francisco area Beatles tribute band The Sun Kings from 2013-2016, playing bass
guitar, acoustic guitar and piano, and still “Paul guy” in the Lennon & McCartney tribute duo,
Two of Us, Jim is a clear tenor singer of great (& largely British) pop songs, 
from The Beatles to Crowded House to Oasis to Keane.
Jim is also a former songwriter for the Virgin Music publishing company, and a teacher of voice
and general music instruction, teaching adults, adolescents and children, with a number of the
VOENA Children’s Choir being among his students.

Space is limited so if you want to sign up please contact me ahead of time:

e-mail buzzyfrets@yahoo.com,


PBJ: Pete’s Blues Jam for Guitar                           

Six Saturdays


Starting January 12 - no class January 26


at Timbre Folk and Baroque


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.

contact: Pete Madsen, e-mail buzzyfrets@yahoo.com, (510)708-8874 www.learnbluesguitarnow .com




Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and AC/DC

Six Mondays starting January 14

8-9:30 at Timbre Folk, 801 Bancroft

Price: $175

This class is designed for electric guitar players who want to get down with the heavy sound of 70’s hard rock. Songs will include: Paranoid, Sweet Leaf, Iron Man (Sabbath), Rock n’ Roll, Black Dog (Zeppelin), Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap, Highway to Hell, Back in Black (AC/DC) and more. Some amplifiers are available at the shop. Students who have portable small amps are encouraged to bring them.


to sign up for any of these classes contact Pete


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