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WINTER 2020 GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE AND Timbre Folk
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,
WINTER GUITAR CLASSES 2020!!!
at Timbre Folk
PETE'S BLUES JAM FOR GUITAR
TIME: Saturdays: 10:30-1pm
starting November 2
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. e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Six Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
Begins January 16
Price : $175 for full session
Learn to play Beatles songs on guitar in in a fun and friendly environment. Songs TBA
I also teach private lessons at my studio in Berkeley. E-mail or call me for rates and availability.
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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.
WHAT PEOPLE HAVE TO SAY ABOUT PETE MADSEN'S TEACHING:
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…
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…
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