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.
Woody Guthrie's songs gave direction and purpose to a generation of songwriters in the 1950s and 1960s, and they continue to move millions of people today. This Land Is Your Land has become an alternate national anthem!
In this 101 minute lesson, Fred Sokolow teaches you how to play backup and solos to ten of Woody's best known song. It's a great lesson in fingerpicking, as well as an intro to some moving, classic tunes from America's legendary poet/songwriter. Fred makes it easy to learn, with split-screen, slowed down versions of the songs and helpful hints about the licks and picking styles. All the songs are written out in tab and music notation in the PDF file that comes with the lesson. All lyrics are also included.
Titles include: Pastures of Plenty, So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh, Bound For Glory (This Train), Plane Wreck at Los Gatos (Deportee), Do Re Mi, Philadelphia Lawyer, Oklahoma Hills, My Daddy (Flies A Ship In The Sky), Hard Travelin' and Pretty Boy Floyd.
101 minutes • Level 2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD