Guitar Lessons

Pete Madsen

Berkeley, CA

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About Pete Madsen

I teach guitar and specialize in acoustic blues, slide, finger style, and ragtime. I also teach rock, electric blues, funk, rockabilly, heavy metal, and early jazz. I provide my students with lots of material, from written music to TAB, mp3 files which I e-mail. I also have a lot of on-line video tutorials on my website. I do my best to make my lessons fun and informative.

Private lessons and classes take place at my comfortable studio in Kensington, CA.

I accept beginners through advanced students. I serve the Berkeley area.

Location

3051 Adeline St.
Berkeley, CA 94703

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  • 5/5 stars June 21, 2013

    Pete has style and great musical sense to go with a generous spirit and a love of music. When you put that together in a music teacher, you get someone who knows how, cares enough to show you how, and does it all with great humor and understanding. That's Pete Madsen.

  • 5/5 stars June 19, 2013

    Pete is a fantastic teacher! He's very patient with beginners, clear and methodical. For more advanced students, Pete brings a wealth of knowledge on technique and lots of advanced songs.

  • 5/5 stars June 19, 2013

    Pete is always very thorough and supportive with students of all capabilities. He is well prepared for his classes and very approachable and of great help outside of class. His "homework" exercises are clearly composed for students of varying experience and are clearly explained and reviewed in classroom work. He is the best guitar teacher I have ever had.

  • 5/5 stars June 18, 2013

    I've had a few guitar teachers along the way. Pete is by far the best to date. He is together with his materials (which are really great as well). He has clear very readable materials that he passes out. He sends out followup audio examples.
    He's available for questions and in general a very likeable guy.
    Plus he's very good at playing and singing.. He's the real deal.
    I especially like his teaching proximity is very close to BART.
    A++++++ Guitar Teacher.

Question and answer

Q. If you were a customer, what do you wish you knew about your trade? Any inside secrets to share?

A. Students should shop around for a guitar teacher: there are a many styles of teaching as there are teachers. Finding a good fit is important.

Q. Why does your work stand out from others who do what you do?

A. I have written several books of guitar instruction and have given a lot of thought on how to teach and present the material.

Q. What do you like most about your job?

A. One on one interaction -- watching my students learn and become engaged in the process of learning

Q. How did you decide to get in your line of work?

A. I just love the guitar and I love learning.

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