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.
Learn how to play and sing nine classic Bob Dylan tunes from start to finish. This lesson will teach you how to fingerpick backup arrangements while singing, how to play instrumental solos and how to begin and end each song.
While studying Fred Sokolow's arrangements you will also learn a lot about fingerpicking: backup patterns, soloing ideas and various chord positions.
Each song is played at regular speed and then slowed down with a split-screen that gives you a close-up look at the picking as well as chording hand. All the arrangements are clearly written out in tab and music in the accompanying booklet along with lead sheets and lyrics.
Titles include: Lay Lady Lay, My Back Pages, I Shall Be Released, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Blowin' In The Wind, Don't Think Twice, Mr. Tambourine Man, Too Much Of Nothing & The Times They Are A Changing.
90 minutes • Level 2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: Here is a well made instructive DVD teaching solo guitar players how to play some of the popular songs of Bob Dylan. It is not a note-by-note replica of how Dylan played (I don't know that Dylan ever played it the same way twice), which seems to bother some reviewers of Sokolow's other DVDs. Using step by step teaching, excellent camera work, and an easy personal style, the instructor brings the guitarist to the point of playing Dylan, in a solo manner, in a very teachable and enjoyable manner. ***** Star for instruction, song choice, and camera work. Accompanying booklet is nice. – Amazon Customer Review