GUITAR CLASSES AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE AND Timbre Folk 2019


SUMMER 2019 GUITAR CLASSES

AT THE FREIGHT AND SALVAGE

 

Fingerpicking the Blues

Six Wednesdays, 7-8:15pm. Starts July 10

$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.

Grooving and Jamming the Blues

~Blues Rhythm and Soloing~

Six Wednesdays, 8:30-9:45pm, begins July 10

 

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.

 

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

 

70's Rock

Six Thursdays, 7:30-9pm

Begins July 11

Price : $175 for full session

This time out the focus will be fingerpicking, but with a few strummers thrown in along the way.  Songs will include:Black Water (Doobie Bros.), Long Train Running, Landslide (Fleetwood Mac), Fire and Rain (James Taylor),Sweet Baby James, Dust in the Wind (Kansas), and more...

The class will run six consecutive weeks. I realize that folks have summer plans and may only be able to attend a few of the classes or only one or two so I will price it accordingly:

full class: $175

3 weeks: $100

drop-in: $35

PBJ

Pete's Blues Jam for Guitar

Six Saturdays

10:30am-1pm

Starting July 20

$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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