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.
Rockabilly is the roots of rock. It combines electric blues, country blues, Merle Travis style fingerpicking and more. Using classic rockabilly tunes like Blue Suede Shoes, Little Sister, That's All Right Mama, Matchbox Blues and That'll Be The Day, Fred Sokolow shows the styles and techniques needed to play rockabilly guitar solos and backup.
By the end of this session, you'll know how to play:
73 minutes - Level 2 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Fred Sokolow is clear and concise. Shares what you need to know but doesn't leave anything out. I am a beginner, but was still able to follow. - Mork/Amazon Customer Review
Review: An excellent instructional video. All the right and left hand techniques were clearly demonstrated and explained for each song. The music chosen was truly representative of the best of the Rockabilly era. Rocky/Amazon Customer Review