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.
This series of lessons is designed to start you playing and improvising with slide guitar (either acoustic or electric). Several different tunings are covered along with samples in the style of early blues greats and contemporary blues and rock guitarists.
Lesson One: OPEN G TUNING: Simple chords, playing down the neck, fingerpicking hints, barred chords, playing up the neck, open G tuning scales. Solos in the styles of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and Fred McDowell.
Lesson Two: OPEN D & E TUNING: Using the same approach as Lesson One, the concentration is now focused on Open D and Open E tunings. Solos in the style of Tampa Red, Elmore James and Duane Allman.
Lesson Three: STANDARD TUNING: Playing in the styles of Robert Nighthawk, George Harrison and Ron Wood. Scales and positions.
Level 2/3 • 40 page tab/music book with three compact discs