All my life I have been fascinated by musical instruments.

Thomas Arnesen

My words

Thomas första blogginlägg

Spela gitarr. Ett evigt kämpande med små musklerna. Jag ägnar massor med tid åt att väcka handen idag också. Det går trögare och trögare. Min

Leisure time


As a child I studied piano at the Kommunala musikskolan.

Aged 13, I decided to teach myself the guitar.

This led on to future guitar studies at the Royal Academy of Music in Stockholm, and to a course in musical science at the University of Uppsala.

My musical history

I have thought ensemble playing at Viks folkhögskola and the Stockholm Royal Academy of Music.

I teach jazz theory, improvisation and ensemble playing at the Visingsö Jazz Summer School.

I teach guitar at The University of Uppslaa whenever required.

I play jazz standards in various combos.

I play/have played with Kjell Öhman, Claes Janson, Anders Widmark, Sara Isaksson, Rebecka Törnquist, Robert Wells, Tomas Ledin, Bill Öhrström, Gustavo Bergalli, Egil Johansen, Karin Hammar, Claes Lindqvist, Mikael Skoglund, Bertil Strandberg, Bosse Broberg, Ulf Andersson, Mikael Rickfors, Anders Johansson and others....

Claes Janson
2018 – Ett ord till mina polare
1997 – Skuggorna runt slussen
1993 – Cornelis Svenska Bilder
1990 – Frestelser

Andreas Hellkvist
2016 – Finally!

Bill Öhrström
2006 – Gift

John Högman
2005 – Frozen Dreams
1992 – Good Night Sister

Broder Tuck
2004 – Fem låtar tjugohundrafyra

Good Morning Blues
2002 – The Walk
1996 – Before We Think
1992 – Never Make A MoveTo Soon
1986 – Whiskey & Blues
1976 – Var god höj

Anders Widmark
1996 – Anders Widmark
1995 – Freewheelin
1994 – Holly Hannah

Trio con X
1995 – Trio con X and Friends

Kjell Öhman
1993 – Öhman Organ Grinders
1992 – Live at the Pawnshop

Fasching Jazzclub
1992 – From Fasching with love

Gösta Linderholm
1985 – Med handen på din höft
1983 – Gösta

Cornelis Vreeswijk
1978 – Narrgnistor 2

Tomas Ledin
1978 – Tagen på bar gärning
1976 – Natten är ung
            Live på Malmen

Panta Rei
1973 – Panta Rei


Arnesen Blues Band

Thomas Arnesen – guitar and vocals
Andreas Hellkvist – Hammond B3 Organ
Anders Forsberg – piano
Björn Lundquist – electric bass
Ola Ragnar – drums

The Arnesen Blues Band is my own blues project. After years of jamming in various unrehearsed blues "happenings", (blues being so easy, right?!), I felt I would like to deliver the music in a serious and accomplished way. Of course these two approaches are not mutually exclusive, yet it can be wonderful to have your music arranged, with good soloists and everyone starting and stopping at the same time.

The homepage of the band
Arnesen Blues Band Live 

Please visit our Youtube-channel


Since we first met while studying at the Royal Music Conservatory in Stockholm, virtuoso guitarist Anders Johansson and I have made music together.  Mainly using acoustic guitars.

Anders, being a technical monster as well as tasteful, on and off makes me turn pale. With that said, playing with him is always a great joy. We really do complete each other musically and we have exactly the same sense of timing. You feel comfortable.

In 2017 we decided to record a few instrumentals and named the project Bluesmass. The recording took place in Anders studio using acoustic guitars to electronic backgrounds. Anders did the programming.

A selection of tunes from our compositions with a melodic character.

The homepage of the band

Please visit our Youtube-channel

Other work


When learning an instrument one can often have the feeling of being stuck.

At times like this it can be most helpful to have a few lessons to get some ideas on how to move forward, and also gain some concrete practical tips and exercises.


We are not more than 10 guitarists. 
Web bring our instruments and portable amps.

We discuss strings, picks, action, boxes on the neck.

We listen to each other´s improvising to recorded backgrounds and give feedback on phrases, pauses and various ways of varying rhythm in phrases.

We take a look on different chords, chord progressions, riffs in order to vary your rhythm guitar.

Sometimes it is nice to go out from the bluesmodus. How and where?

This will take one afternoon. Hopefully ending with a public jam-session in the evening featuring a rhythm section and the participants.

We need a room, chairs, something to play a CD from and a whiteboard.


I am available to perform a significant song for your wedding or a special song for you at the funeral of a loved one. At such times one needs music of special power and significance. I would be happy to provide this service for you

I would sing and play guitar or piano.

  • För kärlekens skull
  • Have I Told You Lately
  • Love Me Tender
  • Sometimes When We Touch
  • When a Man Loves a Woman
  • Ta mig till havet
  • All My Loving
  • Nocturn
  • The Rose
  • Jag ger dig min morgon
  • Glimmande nymf
  • Så skimrande var aldrig havet
  • As Time Goes By
  • Cecilia
  • I Just Called to Say I Love You
  • I´ve Got You Under My Skin
  • Blå, blå är kärleken
  • Den första gång jag såg dig
  • Nocturn
  • Bridge Over Troubled Water
  • För kärlekens skull
  • Jag ger dig min morgon
  • Ljuset
  • Love me tender
  • Tears in Heaven
  • Somewhere Over the Rainbow
  • A Whiter Shade of Pale
  • Yesterday
  • Unforgettable
  • What a Wonderful World
  • The Rose
  • Summertime
  • Så skimrande var aldrig havet
  • Höstvisa
  • Himlajord
  • Änglamark
  • Öppna landskap