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Fingerstyle Folk Guitar

Starts Wednesday, January 13


Six Wednesdays

Price $150

Online -zoom invite

In this class we will apply fingerstyle technique to classic folk songs.




Leaving on a Jet Plane

Sunshine on my Shoulder

Girl from the North Country


Time in a Bottle

Fare Thee Well

Fire and Rain

Contact Pete about this class (mailto:buzzyfrets@yahoo.com)

Jamming the Blues

Starts Saturday, January 9


Six Saturdays

Price: $150

Online -zoom invite

In this class I will be teaching blues in more of the electric style. We will learn RHYTHM: shuffle rhythms, walking bass lines, chords accents; and SOLOING ideas using  pentatonic scales and chord tones. I will cover techniques like string bending, finger slides, hammer-ons, pull-offs, playing swing-style rhythms, and more.

Contact Pete about this class (mailto:buzzyfrets@yahoo.com)


~From Texas to the Piedmont~

Starts Saturday, January 9

noon-1:30 (PST)

Price: $150

zoom invite

In this class we will play through a number of songs, including:

Cocaine Blues (Rev Gary Davis)

Candy Man (Mississippi John Hurt)

By Bye Blues (Little Hat Jones)

Thunder and Lightning (Lightnin' Hopkins)

Untrue Blues (Blind Boy Fuller)

Funny Feeling Blues (Blind Boy Fuller)

Ain't You Sorry (Mance Lipscomb)

Charley James (Mance Lipscomb)

Lonnie Johnson tune

Crazy Cryin' Blues (Memphis Minnie)

Note: Participants should be comfortable with Travis picking (alternating bass) and monotonic bass patterns.This is NOT a beginning fingerpicking class.


November 14, 2020

As many people all over the world are being forced to shelter is place its a good time to work on your guitar skills

Check out my True Fire channel: access to lots of TABS, videos and acoustic blues guitar education. The focus is on fingerstyle blues. Learn to play:

• alternating bass

• monotonic bass

• slide guitar

• open tunings

• Lots and Lots of songs!

There over 200 videos and over a 150 TABS

Pete's Fingerstyle Blues Academy


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



Order the latest book: Play the Blues Like...

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.



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