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.
Lesson One: FIRST POSITION LICKS: Key of E and key of A rural blues licks are the foundation of rockabilly guitar. These are explored along with twelve-bar blues progressions and chord families, boogie bass lines and backup figures, turnaround licks and fingerpicking patterns ... plus rockabilly riffs and cliches for lead and backup as well as first position scales for soloing.
Lesson Two: PLAYING UP THE NECK: Chords and chord families that allow you to play all the lead and backup licks from Lesson One up the neck in any key are discussed. Fingerpicking melodies up the neck, easy chord-fragment-based licks, moveable boogie bass backup and moveable rockabilly riffs and cliches are featured.
Lesson Three: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER ROCKABILLY STYLE: Moveable blues/rock scales (single and double-note) used in rockabilly music are taught. We end by combining all the elements of the three lessons and come up with full-blown rockabilly arrangements (fingerpicking single and double-note scales, boogie bass lines, riffs etc.)
Level 2/3 • 40 page tab/music book with three compact discs