GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE AND PETE'S STUDIO IN  BERKELEY!
2018


FREIGHT AND SALVAGE

Fingerpicking the Blues II

Six Wednesdays, 7-8:15pm. Starts September 19

$130 early bird registration: before Sept. 4

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.

Grooving and Jamming the Blues II

~Blues Rhythm and Soloing~

Six Wednesdays, 8:30-9:45pm, begins September 19

$130 early bird registration: before Sept. 4

For guitar players who want to learn how to play rhythm and solo over blues changes. We will take a basic 12 bar blues as our background format and use ideas based on scales, riffs and chord shapes to learn the art of soloing. This will be a lot of fun for those folks who have a little background in playing blues  Learn classic solo lines from players like Robert Johnson, Eric Clapton and many more. Some background in playing blues rhythm required, but other than that just a desire to put some heart (and muscle!) into your guitar playing.

 www.learnbluesguitarnow.com

To register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA,

 www.thefreight.org, (510)644-2020

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Timbre Folk

PBJ: Pete’s Blues Jam for Guitar                           

Six Saturdays

10:30am-1pm

Starting September 15

$200

at Timbre Folk and Baroque

801 Bancroft, Berkeley, CA

 

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

 

BRITISH INVASION and BEATLES THURSDAY!

Six Thursdays starting September 20

7:30-9pm

at Timbre Folk, 801 Bancroft

Price: $175

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

E-MAIL: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com or call (510)708-8874

for more info or to sign up

Pete Madsen has been teaching and performing in the Bay Area for over twenty years. His musical specialty is the art and craft of fingerstyle blues, ragtime and slide guitar.Websites:

I also teach private lessons at my studio in Berkeley. E-mail or call me for rates and availability.

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