GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE AND Timbre Folk 2020


 

WINTER 2020 GUITAR CLASSES

AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE

Fingerpicking the Blues

Six Wednesdays, 7-8:15pm. Starts January 8

$130 early bird

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.

Introduction to Blues Guitar

Six Wednesdays, 8:30-9:45, Starts January 8, $130 early bird

In this class we learn the basics of blues guitar. What is a shuffle? What is a 12 bar blues? What is a I IV V progression? How do you play a walking bass line? We will answer all these questions and play blues in the keys of A, E, and C. We will also learn pentatonic scales, which are the basis for much of the blues soloing we love. If you’ve never played blues before but want to get in on the fun this class is for you.

 

To register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA,

 www.thefreight.org, (510)644-2020

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AT TIMBRE FOLK - 801 Bancroft, Berkeley, CA

 

BEATLES!

Six Thursdays, 7:30-9pm

Begins January 16

Price : $175 for full session

Learn to play Beatles songs on guitar in a fun and friendly environment. Songs TBA

 

 

PBJ: Pete’s Blues Jam for Guitar

Six Saturdays

10:30am-1pm

Starting January 11

$200

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!

To sign up for Timbre Guitar classes contact Pete: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com

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

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