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Fred Sokolow's Complete Intermediate Ukulele Guides



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.

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    The ukulele has never been more popular, and Fred Sokolow's relaxed, user-friendly teaching style makes it easy to learn. In this lesson, Fred Sokolow takes you to the next level beyond simple strumming. 

    You'll learn more first position chords as well as moveable (up-the-neck) chords. He shows you some fingerpicking accompaniment patterns, a few major scales, and how to play a 12-bar blues in any key. You'll also learn how to pick out melodies and play some beautiful chord/melody solos. Tunes include Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Tennessee Waltz, Route 66, Not Fade Away, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, See See Rider and more.

    Fred slows all the tunes down and breaks them down so they're easy to learn. You'll also enjoy his "uke lore" stories about the the songs and the players. All the songs are written out in tab and music, with chord grids as well. Whether you're a novice or a uke player wanting more repertoire and technique, there's plenty here for you. It's a great way to expand your horizons on this wonderful instrument.

    87 minutes € Level 2 € Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD

    Review: Coming to the ukuleles emotional rescue is Fred Sokolow, erasing misconceptions that the sawed-off four string is a novelty toy, exorcising its painful past with Tiny Tim. Now filling that space is the restored reputation of a pint-sized workhorse ready for anything that blues, country, rock, bluegrass or pop can dish at its puny frame. As scrapper ("Nobody Knows When You're Down And Out"), romancer ("Aura Lee," melodically aka "Love Me Tender"), charmer ("When You Wish Upon A Star"), cowpoke ("Ghost Riders In The Sky") and rocker ("House Of The Rising Sun"), the uke proves to be a mighty little beast. And Sokolow's three individually available DVD courses teach you how to drive one. Progressively advancing from Beginner to Intermediate through Advanced skills, each ninety-minute lesson ramps up the complexity of technique: accumulating tunings, strumming patterns and chords; rolling in fingerpicking skills; incorporating chord-melody soloing. All of that while also building a repertoire as fantastically diverse as Hank Williams' ("Jambalaya") and Johnny Cash's ("Folsom Prison Blues", the Beach Boys' ("Sloop John B") and Buddy Holly's ("Not Fade Away"), Frank Sinatra's ("Fly Me To The Moon") and Irving Berlin's ("A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody"). Importantly, Sokolow also reinstates the uke's mini mojo. Anthems as great as "Sitting On Top Of The World" and "Matchbox Blues" help teach the art of playing 12-bar blues in any key, even right down to, of course, bending those stunted strings. The diminutive darling of the 1920's has become the darling of today, adored by organizations and festivals devoted to it, ruling airwaves through the phenomenon of Iz's transcendent "Somewhere Over The Rainbow/ What A Wonderful World" cover and a whole disc of Ukulele Songs from normally Pearl Jam'ing Eddie Vedder. Meet (and learn to master) the new compact cool. - Dennis Rozanski/Blues Rag

    Review: This is a great place to start for those wishing to learn the Ukulele. I understand the reviewer regarding guitar playing references; it is true that if you know the basic chords on the guitar, it is easy to transition, but for those who do not know how to play the guitar, simply take the chords and practice them; the simple ones Fred uses. This is somewhat 'presupposed' in his teaching. If you need a DVD lesson showing the actual chords in more detail, Marcy Marxer's DVDs for kids are great --adults need a touch of patience with the Sesame Street like demeanor, but she is also a gifted teacher and though I bought her volume 1 and 2 for my daughter, I used them to learn the basic chords.

    Fred's DVD, for adults, therefore, seeks to take you right into songs and as he advises, play along with him, getting down the basic chords and strumming. If, like me, you wish to move into some finger style and blues ukulele, these basics are necessary. As with all of Fred's DVDs, the camera shots are well done, appropriate close ups, and Fred knows instinctively where to 'slow up' a bit for his students. He is a gifted teacher, thus, well aware with our struggles. This is not a deep DVD but meant to provide us with a solid background and reference point for more complex music. Once you've completed DVD 1, not only move on to DVD 2, but keep DVD 1 handy to go back and revisit, especially after you've made progress in DVD 2. This will enable you to not only gauge your learning, but to reaffirm the proper strum, something critical to ukulele playing as well as necessary for finger style. Most people smile when they hear the ukulele sound, and as Paul McCartney said after George's death, it is something people love to grab after dinner for sing-a-longs. This is what Fred aims for, and hits accurately, for his students. You will learn some fun songs that people enjoy singing. Since I am not a singer, I am using this to move towards finger style, solo ukulele playing. I have been a 'student' of Fred for many years, on guitar, and just recently took up the ukulele. My next order placed is his Blues for the Ukulele. I hope to review it after completion. - Peter Hyatt/Amazon Customer Review

     

     

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