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.
Lesson One: ACCOMPANIMENT - We start with backing up your singing and an introduction to basic fingerpicking, learning to play lots of rhythms and patterns (waltzes, ballads, fast tunes, etc.). How to use picks is discussed. Tunes featured include: Nine Pound Hammer,Rising Sun Blues, Stealin', Railroad Bill Wanderin' and more.
Lesson Two: FINGERPICKING BLUES - Fingerstyle was the technique of many great blues players, including Lightnin' Hopkins, Brownie McGhee, Elizabeth Cotten, Mance Lipscomb and others. This is a chance to learn some of their licks, patterns and techniques. Tunes featured include: Spike Driver's Moan, Hesitation Blues, John Henry, Betty and Dupree and more.
Lesson Three: COUNTRY FINGERPICKING - We stay in the easy first position chords, learning to play backup and lead in the styles of Doc Watson, Chet Atkins, Merle Travis and others. Tunes featured include: Nine Pound Hammer, The Wreck of Old 97, Careless Lov, Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arm, Wabash Cannonball and more.
Level 1 • 40 page tab/music book with three compact discs