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: FOLK/POP FINGERPICKING - There's fingerpicking guitar in the music of the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, James Taylor and many other pop groups. Backup and soloing techniques are taught with their application to rock and pop rhythms. Tunes featured include: Red River Valley, Aura Lee and more.
Lesson Two: RAGTIME, RAGGY BLUES & JAZZ - This lesson deals with classic rags, raggy blues and jazz tunes in fingerpicking styles. Also included is instruction in fancy chord progressions and turnarounds. Tunes featured include: Stealin', Cocaine, Oh Babe, Ain't No Lie, Bill Bailey, Maple Leaf Rag, The Entertainer and Bully of the Town.
Lesson Three: FINGERPICKING UP THE NECK - Concentrating on Merle Travis and rockabilly, moveable chord positions are taught. These techniques can be applied to all types of music including jazz, rock and bluegrass. Tunes featured include: Nine Pound Hammer, Wabash Cannonball, Can the Circle Be Unbroken, Bury Me Beneath The Willow and more.
Level 1 • 48 page tab/music book with three compact discs.