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FALL 2019 GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE AND Timbre Folk 2019


Freight and Salvage

Repertoire for Fingerstyle Blues Guitar

Six Wednesdays 7-8:15, start September 11

This class is intended as a sequel to my class “Introduction to Fingerstyle Blues.” We will take the techniques we learned from the previous class (alternating bass and monotonic bass) and apply them to several early blues songs from players like Mississippi John Hurt, Big Bill Broonzy, John Fahey, Robert Johnson and Blind Blake. Songs will include: “From Four Until Late,”  “Satisfied and Tickled, Too," “Poor Boy Long Ways from Home,” and several others. You don’t need to have taken the “Introduction…” class to take this one, but you should be familiar with and comfortable playing alternating and monotonic bass patterns.

INTRODUCTION TO BOTTLENECK SLIDE GUITAR  

Six Wednesdays 8:30-9:45pm  starts September 11

Slide playing is personal...it alludes to that quality of the human voice where we slip from note to note with a range of microtones and rhythmic expression. The wail of a blues singer is emulated by the sound of steel or glass slid along steel strings...it haunts us. The purpose of this class is to introduce the student to the sound, techniques, and evocations of slide guitar. We will focus on blues playing, but based on the level of participants and student interest we may venture into other song forms from rock and jazz. We will learn the styles of players like Robert Johnson, Son House, John Fahey, Ry Cooder and others. We will play in several different tunings (e.g. open D and open G), as well as standard tuning (EADGBE). We will play several different rhythm grooves to accompany our slide playing.

 

To register contact the Freight and Salvage

2020 Addison St. Berkeley, CA,

 www.thefreight.org, (510)644-2020


FALL GUITAR CLASSES 2019!!!

at Timbre Folk

801 Bancroft

Berkeley, CA

 

PETE'S BLUES JAM FOR GUITAR
10:30-1pm

TIME: Saturdays: 10:30-1pm

Six Weeks

starting September 7

$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. 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: buzzyfrets@yahoo.com

 

Rock of the 70s

70's Rock
Six Thursdays, 7:30-9pm
Begins September 5
Price : $175 for full session
 



 

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


 

NEW TRUE FIRE CHANNEL!

Check out my new True Fire channel: access to lots of TABS, videos and acoustic blues guitar education:

Pete's Fingerstyle Blues Academy

 


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.


 

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…
--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