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.
All you need to put over a good country song is your voice and a guitar. In this 75 minute DVD Fred teaches nine standards every country picker/singer should know... from start to finish. You’ll learn an intro for each song, a backup pattern and bass runs to play while singing, an instrumental solo, and an ending.
Picking up where his Beginner's Country Guitar video left off, Fred keeps the arrangements fairly simple but includes a few up-the-neck chord positions and hot licks. You’ll learn solos and runs in five different keys.
Each song is played at regular speed and then slowed down on a split-screen that gives you a close-up look at the picking hand and the chording hand. All the arrangements are clearly written out in tab and music in the accompanying booklet, along with lyrics.
Titles include: New San Antonio Rose, Wild Side of Life, Waltz Across Texas, The Race is On, Beautiful Kentucky Waltz, That’s the Way Love Goes, I Don’t Hurt Any more, Someone I Used To Know and City of New Orleans
75 minutes • Level 1/2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: A Fred fan. I didn't even like many tunes on this disc. I prefer older Carter style stuff. However Freds' arrangements changed my mind. I am working on one right now. That pays for the disc by itself. I'll get to several others in time. This is a follow-up to his Country dvd. Close-ups of both hands and a little downhome humor make this worth the 25 bucks. – Donald Ruvolis/Amazon Customer Review