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.
Strumming chords to back up singing is fun, but there's more to the ukulele than that! If you've seen Jake Shimabukuro or some other contemporary uke wizards
playing amazing instrumentals, you know the little 4-string jumping flea is capable of anything. If you'd like to learn how to play solos (with other
people or by yourself), this lesson will show you several approaches to doing just that. You'll learn two moveable blues boxes, chord based licks,
"Steve Cropper licks," first position and moveable major scales...and how and when to use them. These soloing ideas work for songs of just about any
genre: rock, pop, blues, country, R&B, you-name-it!
Fred takes you through all these techniques using diverse musical examples like Jamaica Farewell, Corinne Corrina, Feeling Alright, St. James Infirmary, Amazing Grace, Careless Love, Chilly Winds, Louie Louie and more. His easy-going instructional style makes it all clear and understandable, and all the scales, licks and many of the songs are written out in tab and music in the accompanying PDF file/book. Get together with other players and prepare to shred!
80 minutes - Level 3 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD