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.
Though Buddy Holly’s career was short, he was a huge influence on the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and most of the rockers and songwriters of the 1960s, 70s and beyond. Most of the songs in this collection have been hits many times over and they’re still covered today by rock, pop and country bands.
Fred makes Buddy’s tunes accessible to fingerpicking guitarists in this instructional DVD that includes rockers like That’ll Be the Day, It’s So Easy and Maybe Baby, and pretty ballads like Raining In My Heart and Everyday. He explains the tricky parts of the arrangements, and presents a split-screen, slower version of each tune, so that you can back yourself up singing and can play instrumental versions of every song as well. His easy-going instructional style makes it easy to learn! Other Buddy Holly tunes in this set include Peggy Sue, Lonesome Tears and It Doesn’t Matter Anymore. All the songs (backup and solos) are written out in tab and music in the accompanying booklet.
115 minutes • Level 2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD