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.
Open tunings are as old as the guitar itself, and they've been used to play blues, folk, country, rock and old-timey music. Who's known for using open tunings? Too many to name, but here are some that show the diversity of guitar styles: Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, Maybelle Carter, Bo Diddley, Blind Willie McTell, Keith Richards, Doc Watson, Muddy Waters, Joni Mitchell, Ry Cooder, Neil Young, Fred McDowell, Jimmy Page, Son House, John Renbourn, Leo Kottke, Ani DiFranco, Alex de Grassi and Pierre Bensusan to name a few!
In this 92 minute lesson, Fred shows you how, contrary to what many beginners might think, open tunings make it easier to play guitar. You'll learn songs from all the above musical genres in open D, open G and DADGAD tuning. In addition to learning songs, you get some tips on how to improvise and play chords in G and D tuning. It's a great way to expand your range on the guitar and get a whole different sound!
Plus we have included bonus audio tracks featuring recordings from the 1920s to 1940s of some of these tunes so that you can get a bigger picture of how these songs can be played and sung.
Titles include: Buckets of Rain, Statesboro Blues, Mean Old World, Little Sadie, K.C.Jones, Stackerlee, The Way I Am and I Didn't See It Coming.
92 minutes - Level 1/2 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD