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.
Fingerpicking is essential to the blues, country, rock and folk music ...and it's a way to solo or accompany your own singing. In this DVD lesson, Fred Sokolow starts at the beginning (tuning up and playing simple chords), and shows you patterns, licks and grooves you can use to play any style of music.
By the end of this 70 minute session you will know how to play:
70 minutes - Level 1 - Detailed tab/music PDF file on the DVD
Review: I have used several of Fred's DVDs, this is my favorite - much more info on various finger patterns than the blues disc that is available. Could last me a year to 'get' the patterns into my hands. - Donald Ruvolis/Amazon Customer Review