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Creating Space

CREATING SPACE, 

In our jams at the FREIGHT AND SALVAGE everyone gets a chance to solo, or not solo, if that’s what they want or don’t want to do. The other day, when we were playing solos around the…

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Phases of Learning

 

“Here are the five simple secrets to learning to play blues guitar.” Ever see that kind of ad? Sure you have. First off, I don’t think blues players are keeping any secrets; you can see and hear exactly what…

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Season Greetings!

Hey Folks,

 This will be my last correspondence until 2015 so I want to wish you all happy holidays and a grand New Year! I want to thank everyone who came to my solo and Buzzy Frets shows and…

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New Home and Inspiration

We are now ensconced in our new home at Music Works in El Cerrito, Address: 11225 San Pablo ave, cross street Potrero. The nice folks at Music Works have agreed to let us play in a large room upstairs from…
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Where to Jam?

Hey Folks,

 This past Saturday me and the Jammers were discussing the future of Buzzy's Juke Joint Jam. None of us wants to see it end. A big part of the problem is parking (and Cal football). There was also…
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The Two Petes: Part Two

It was a normal day for Peter Christian Madsen. Little did he know that his doppelganger was laying in wait; looking for the chance to abscond with PCM’s rightful intellectual property. Perhaps I should back up a little and give…
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Free Jam!

 On October 12 we will have a free jam. That's right absolutely free. By "free" I mean it won't cost anything, not avant garde jazz. On that day the Freight will be having an open house and they have asked…

Goin' South

 Yeah, I went south....by Northern Californian standards, anyway. Took a quick road trip with my friend Teja Gerken, former gear editor with Acoustic Guitar magazine, down to visit National Guitars and LR Baggs pickups. Teja is on the skds. He…
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The Two Petes

 As some of you know I split my time between two musical projects: there is the solo acoustic Pete, who performs acoustic blues, ragtime and slide guitar and then there is the mysterious "Buzzy Frets," my alter ego, who plays…
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Healdsburg Guitar Festival and More!

 Lot's of stuff going on this week that I want to tell you about: First off, The Healdsburg Guitar Festival will be held this coming weekend, August 9-11 in Santa Rosa. For those of you not familiar with this bi-annual…
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Noodling

 To my guitar playing and teaching friends: As a teacher I feel obliged to continually research and grab new information regarding the guitar. One trend I see in guitar instruction books that I find annoying is the dismissing of "noodling."…