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.
There’ll never be another band like the Grateful Dead, but the Dead’s music lives on. Now you can learn to play and sing nine classic Grateful Dead tunes from start to finish with Fred Sokolow’s 92-minute instructional dvd.
For each song Fred shows you how to fingerpick backup while singing, how to play an instrumental solo, and how to begin and end the tune. Along the way, you’ll learn a lot about finger-picking: backup patterns, soloing ideas and chord positions. Each song is played at regular speed and then slowed down on a split-screen that gives you a close-up look at the picking and chording hands. All the arrangements are clearly written out in tab and music in the accompanying booklet, along with lyrics.
Titles include: Friend of the Devil, Ripple, Sugar Magnolia, Touch Of Grey, Uncle John’s Band, Truckin’, Alabama Getaway, Dire Wolf and Deal
92 minutes • Level 2 • Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: A great instructional dvd. with a little effort I am playing some of my favorite Dead songs start to finish. Buy the DVD that includes the tablature and you will love it!! Good teacher! I am was overwhelmed with Jerry and Bob's guitar playing and didn't know where to start to try and learn their songs but Fred has made it easy for me. Pat/Amazon Customer Review