WELCOME to Learn Blues Guitar Now!



That's right, I have dedicated Thursday evenings to teaching the music of my first musical love, the FAB FOUR. The next session will begin on Thursday, March 8

Six weeks


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

at Timbre Folk and Baroque

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



PBJ: Pete’s Blues Jam for Guitar                           

Six Saturdays


Starting March 3


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,

 www.learnbluesguitarnow .com





Six Wednesdays 7-8:15  starts March 7

Price: early bird: $130

Slide playing is personal...it alludes to that quality of the human voice where we slip from note to note with a range of microtones and rhythmic expression. The wail of a blues singer is emulated by the sound of steel or glass slid along steel strings...it haunts us. The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the sound, techniques, and evocations of slide guitar. We will focus on blues playing, but based on the level of participants and student interest we may venture into other song forms from rock and jazz. We will learn the styles of players like Robert Johnson, Son House, John Fahey, Ry Cooder and others. We will play in several different tunings (e.g. open D and open G), as well as standard tuning (EADGBE). We will play several different rhythm grooves to accompany our slide playing.


British Invasion Guitar

w/Pete Madsen

Six Wednesdays, 8:30-9:45 — begins March 7

Price: early bird $130

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



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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