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.
Johnny Cash left us a wonderful country songbook, and in this one-hour and twenty minute lesson Fred shows you how to play and sing eight of Cash's most popular gems:
You'll learn to back yourself up singing, using basic fingerpicking patterns and first position chords, with lots of bass runs thrown in.You'll also learn to fingerpick a solo for each tune. Fred grew up with Johnny Cash's music, and his natural, easy arrangements suit the material and are easy to learn.After playing and singing each song, Fred goes over any tricky techniques or runs, then he plays the tune on a split screen so you can watch what each hand is doing.
A booklet that accompanies this DVD has all the split-screen versions written out in tablature and standard music notation (with lyrics, too), so you can read the exact same arrangements Fred plays. If you put the DVD in your computer, you can access a PDF file and print it all out in a larger size.
Whether you're a beginner or intermediate player, this DVD lesson is a great way to get into Johnny Cash's songs...and carry on his legacy!
80 minutes - Level 2 - Detailed tab/music/lyrics PDF file on the DVD
Review: This DVD is an instructional DVD in finger picking guitar. Fred Sokolow's teaching assumes you know most of the the basic first position chords. This was my introduction to finger picking and I was hooked ever since and have ordered many of Fred's DVDs since then. If you know basic guitar chords, I strongly recommend this to anyone who wants to learn finger picking. He has another DVD on beginning finger picking which I also strongly recommend. His teaching style is far better than any other I have tried. - J. Hollingsworth/Amazon Customer Review