Fred Sokolow is best known as the author of a library of instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ukulele. There are currently over a hundred of his books or DVDs in print, sold all over the world. Fred has long been a well-known West Coast multi-string performer and recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books and DVDs, along with several bluegrass, jazz and rock CDs he has released, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he's playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity and passion.
Born in Los Angeles September 14, 1945, by the early 1960s Fred was well known in the California bluegrass scene, playing with Jody Stecher, Brantley Kearns, Sandy Rothman and Eric Thompson. Relocating to Berkeley, he toured and recorded with a hippie rock band throughout most of the 60s, the Bay Area-based Notes From the Underground (Vanguard Records). In the early 70s Fred performed with R&B, rock, country and bluegrass bands. By 1975 Fred had played with bluegrass luminaries like John Herald, Frank Wakefield and Jerry Garcia, had opened for the Dead, the Doors, B.B. King, Country Joe and the Fish and countless other acts.
Starting from ground zero, Fred Sokolow teaches you to accompany yourself singing the blues. You will be taught how to play melodies and solo in a blues in several keys, up and down the neck. This series will help build the foundation for your understanding of blues guitar techniques and styles for both acoustic and electric guitar.
Lesson One: SIMPLE BLUES IN E: Strum blues in the style of Lightnin' Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy and John Lee Hooker. Simple chords and accompaniment, boogie bass lines, turnarounds and more are discussed.
Lesson Two: SIMPLE BLUES IN G AND C: The ideas of the first lesson are expanded into the key of G and C. Techniques of Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt and Blind Blake are presented.
Lesson Three: PLAYING MELODY: Simple first position blues scales needed for soloing (both fingerpicking and flatpicking) in the keys of E, G and C. Discussion of lead breaks and choking strings.
Level 1/2 • 48 page tab/music book with three compact discs