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.
Nothing sounds as bluesy as a slide guitar, and this DVD shows you how it's done on electric and acoustic, solo or with a group. Using classic blues tunes - Little Red Rooster, Sittin' On Top Of The World, Reconsider Baby, The Sky Is Crying, Farther On Up The Road and One Way Out - Fred Sokolow shows you how to play and improvise slide in the styles of the great bluesmen - Muddy Waters, Elmore James, Mississippi Fred McDowell and Duane Allman.
In this DVD lesson you will learn:
Close-ups of both hands help you see just how it's done and the accompanying tab/music booklet makes it easy to follow the arrangements. Fred's teaching is clear and easy to understand. This DVD lesson is a great introduction to the soulful world of bottleneck/slide guitar.
73 minutes - Level 1/2 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Great Introductory DVD on slide. I have checked out other DVDs on learning slide guitar, and this one seems the most straightforward. Nice, calm, low-key teaching by Sokolow, with several good slide tunes taught. Nice and basic, yet lots taught here. - Ron K/Amazon Customer Review
Review: This dvd is a pretty comprehensive look at this style of playing. The instructor is easy to follow and the pace is reasonable enough so that anyone who is experienced isn't completely bored; but beginners are able to get a grasp at the same time. - JC/Amazon Customer Review