Instructional Material

All Fred's books have tablature unless otherwise noted. Most have music notation too. The DVD's have PDF file/tab books (instead of paper books) that you can access when you put the DVD in your computer.

Blues Methods

Jamming The Blues (for Guitar)

Jamming The Blues (for Guitar)

Playing the blues is a great way to lose the blues, and jamming with other peopleis one of the most fun things to do in life! Using blues classics like Stormy Monday, The Thrill Is Gone, Keys To the Highway, Big Boss Man, Come Back Baby and Everyday I Have the Blues as examples, Fred teaches all the skills and info you need to jam with other blues players. You'll learn accompaniment techniques for different rhythm grooves (shuffle beat,straight 8ths, straight 4 and rock and funk beats) and soloing strategies (key of E licks, 4 blues boxes and some chord-based licks). You'll also learn intros, turnarounds, the 12-bar and 8-bar blues forms and more.

Fred has been jamming with other players and leading jam classes most of his life, and his practical tips are sure to give you all the tools you need to get out there and play with other people. Along the way, you'll learn some blues history and hear stories about some of the great players. Plus, all the scales, blues boxes, licks, chord shapes and tunes in this lesson are written out in tab and music in the accompanying PDF book. Additional songs include All the Love I Miss Loving, As the Years Go Passing By, How Long Blues, Hesitation Blues, Corrine Corrina and Stagerlee.

  • DVD w/PDF tab/music book$29.95
Basic Blues for Guitar

Basic Blues for Guitar

This older cassette-included edition is the same as Basic Blues with a CD (see below) but it's yours for only a buck (plus an additional $2 that my site adds on for postage). And if you want the soundfiles, I'll email them to you for another $5. It's got a spiral binding, very handy, and is packed with solos, scales, and diagrams teaching all kinds of blues styles: electric, acoustic, slide, rocky & jazzy  blues & more.

  • Book/Cassette$1.00
  • soundfiles$4.00
Blues Banjo

Blues Banjo

Learn to play great songs like Ain't Nobody's Business, St. James Infirmary, Stealin', Nobody Knows You, Careless Love and 8 more on the 5-string, plus learn to jam in any key, in several tunings. You'll learn licks, scales, turnarounds, boogie backup, and how to solo in the styles of many blues greats. Bluesify your 5-string! It's a method book and a songbook, free soundfiles included.

  • Book w/soundfiles$16.99
Classic Blues Licks for Electric Guitar

Classic Blues Licks for Electric Guitar

 Blues licks are the vocabuary of the blues player. Here are 177 licks, played on sound files that are free to download, and written out in tab & music. They're categorized in groups such as: First Position Key-of-E Licks, First Blues Box, Fourth Blues Box, Chord/Rhythm Licks, Bass/Boogie Figures and much more. Each lick is repeated several times on the recording, with band accompaniment. Practice tracks included. Expand  your blues vocabulary!

  • Book$14.99
Slide Guitar Wall Chart

Slide Guitar Wall Chart

Full size (35" by 24"), color & really attractive, w/info on D and G tunings: chords, scales, licks, recommended listening & general slide techniques.

  • $9.99
Fretboard Roadmaps for Slide Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Slide Guitar

Learn to improvise slide licks, solos, chord, and backup in several open tunings and standard tuning. First position and up the neck. Lots of tab, music, and recorded sample tunes. Works for blues, rock, country, acoustic and electric.

  • Book & CD$14.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Blues Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Blues Guitar

The first in the "Roadmaps Series": learn 4 moveable blues boxes, 1st position licks and scales, chord-based licks, boogie patterns, turnarounds, lots of moveable patterns that the pros use to play in any key. Pleanty of written and recorded examples on CD. Plus, 5 practice tracks.

  • Book & CD$14.95
Bottleneck/Slide Guitar DVD

Bottleneck/Slide Guitar DVD

70 minute lesson on electric & acoustic slide. Learn to jam in open G & D and standard tunings: solos, licks, backup & fills for Little Red Rooster, One Way Out, The Sky is Crying and more.

  • DVD & book$29.95
Bottleneck/Slide Guitar CDs

Bottleneck/Slide Guitar CDs

CD #1: OPEN G TUNING - Simple chords, playing down the neck, fingerpickinghints, barred chords. Playing up the neck, G tuning scales & positions.Solos in the style of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Fred McDowell.Tremolo & other slide techniques.
CD #2: OPEN D & E TUNING - Same approach as in 1st lesson, butin D & E tunings. Solos in styles of Tampa Red, Elmore James, DuaneAllman.
CD #3: STANDARD TUNING - Slide in E, a la Robert Nighthawk & MuddyWaters, more scales & positions for other keys, solos in the style of George Harrison, Ron Wood, other rock guitarists.

  • 3 one hour-long CD's, $24.95 for the set, comes with complete tab/music book.$24.95
Beginner's Blues Guitar CDs

Beginner's Blues Guitar CDs

CD #1: SIMPLE BLUES IN E-Lots of sample tunes illustrate stylesof Lightning Hopkins, Big Bill Broonzy & John Lee Hooker. Simple chords& accompaniment, boogie bass lines, turnarounds & more.
CD #2: SIMPLE BLUES IN G & C - Chords & licks for these keys,Techniques of Mance Lipscomb, Mississippi John Hurt & Blind Blake. More boogie bass lines, answer-back licks & moveable chord fragments.
CD #3: PLAYING MELODY - Simple 1st position blues scales for soloing(finger- & flatpicking) in E, G & C. Many solos, choking the strings,etc.

  • 3 one hour-long CD's, $24.95 for the set, comes with complete tab/music book.$24.95
Learn to Play Bottleneck Guitar

Learn to Play Bottleneck Guitar

A slide method for open (D, E, G & A) and standard tunings. Two dozen sample tunes & fretboard diagrams, scales & licks teach you the styles of the bottleneck masters. An easy-to-intermediate level do-it-yourself manual.

  • Book & CD$17.95
Electric Blues Guitar DVD

Electric Blues Guitar DVD

80 minutes on soloing & backup, moveable blues boxes, scales & chord-basedlicks, note bending, vibrato, improvising...plus Stormy Monday, KillingFloor, Baby Please Don't Go & other blues classics.

  • DVD & Book$29.95
Beginner's Blues Guitar DVD

Beginner's Blues Guitar DVD

Over an hour of picking & strumming songs like Keys To The Highway & How Long Blues. Fred starts at the beginning. Boogie basslines, turnarounds, picking patterns.

  • book & CD$29.95
Electric Blues Rock Guitar, The 1930s, 40s and 50s

Electric Blues Rock Guitar, The 1930s, 40s and 50s

LESSON ONE: BEGINNINGS - THE ROOTS OF ELECTRIC BLUES - Electric blues stylists grew out of the guitar picking of versatile single-string soloists like Lonnie Johnson and Scrapper Blackwell and the country bluesmen, turned electric, like Lightnin’ Hopkins and John Lee Hooker. Fred slows down and analyzes the licks, scales and techniques of these players.

LESSON TWO: ELECTRIC SLIDE GUITAR - Using several sample tunes, Fred teaches how to play electric slide guitar in the styles of the blues masters, the players who inspired Johnny Winter, The Allman Brothers, Ron Wood and the rest of today’s rock slide guitarists. Learn the techniques of Tampa Red (open D), Muddy Waters (open G), Elmore James (open E) and Robert Nighthawk (standard tuning) and how to apply these techniques to rock progressions.

LESSON THREE: EARLY BLUES/ROCK: CHUCK BERRY and BO DIDDLEY - These two guitarists defined rock guitar in their day. The licks and styles they used, derived from blues players, are still an important part of every rock guitarist’s repertoire.

  • 3 one-hour CD "audio lessons" w/Book$24.95
Electric Blues Rock Guitar, The 1960s and 70s

Electric Blues Rock Guitar, The 1960s and 70s

LESSON ONE: KING OF MODERN BLUES: B.B.KING, ALBERT KING, FREDDIE KING and T.BONE WALKER - By analyzing sample tunes, Fred teaches how to play electric single-string blues licks. You will learn several scale positions and how to improvise with them, how to do the “blues vibrato”, how to do fill-in licks, chords and turn arounds.

LESSON TWO: MODERN ROCK: ENGLISH BLUES and HEAVY METAL - This lesson concentrates on the licks, scales and playing styles of Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Ted Nugent and Jimmy Page – guitarists whose playing directly derives from the blues masters. It includes instruction in effects (distortion, vibrato bar, etc.), blues and sliding scales.

LESSON THREE: JAZZY ELECTRIC BLUES - How to jazz up the 12-bar blues progression, how to vary the blues scales with diminished scales á la Charlie Christian, how to apply blues scales to jazz tunes, how to “substitute scales” and the special techniques used by Wes Montgomery and George Benson

  • 3 one-hour CD "audio lessons" w/Book$24.95
Basic Blues for Guitar

Basic Blues for Guitar

The most thorough blues guitar book yet, covers electric & rock blues,folk & fingerpicking blues, BB King & Chuck Berry styles, jazzy blues, bottleneck & more...positions & scales, chords, theory, discographies.Everything from Robert Johnson to George Benson! Over 35 blues tunes written in music & tab & chord grids, all played on the recording. Rhythm & lead written out separately.

  • book & CD$19.95

Blues Transcriptions

Dunlop Slide Guitar Book

Dunlop Slide Guitar Book

History & method for slide guitar, including transcriptions of blues, rock & country giants like Robert Johnson, Elmore James, Muddy, Duane Allman, Mick Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, David Lindley, George Harrison.

  • Book$9.95
Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ligntnin' Blues

Stevie Ray Vaughan, Ligntnin' Blues

25 tunes including Love Struck Baby, Pride & Joy, Texas Flood, Scuttle Buttin', Say What, Look At Little Sister. Transcribed by John Tapella.

  • $24.95
Howlin' Wolf

Howlin' Wolf

13 hits, the playing of Wolf, Hubert Sumlin, Willie Johnson: Goin' Down Slow, Fourty Four, Smokestack Lightning, Killing Floor, Sitting On Top of the World, more.

  • $19.95
Electric Blues Guitar Giants

Electric Blues Guitar Giants

Solos by Otis Rush, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Lowell Fulson, Duane Allman, Mike Bloomfield, Hendrix, B.B., Hubert Sumlin, Elmore James & more: Double Trouble, Killing Floor, One Way Out, Dust My Broom etc.

  • $18.95
John Lee Hooker, Blues Legend

John Lee Hooker, Blues Legend

20 tunes, open & standard tunings: Blues Before Sunrise, Boom Boom Boom, Stella Mae, Louise, Dimples, One Scotch One Bourbon and more.

  • $19.95
Muddy Waters

Muddy Waters

30 tunes: Honey Bee, Hoochie Coochie Man, Rollin' & Tumblin', all the classics. Standard & open G tuning. Sidemen Jimmy Rogers & others also transcribed.

  • Book & CD$24.95
Roots of Slide Guitar

Roots of Slide Guitar

6 pivotal slide tunes with the licks, styles, and techniques behind them. Including history and bios of bottleneck pioneers. Standard and open tunings: Robert Johnson, Willie Newbern, Fred Mcdowell, Earl Hooker, Muddy Waters, and Mance Lipscomb.

  • Book & CD$16.95

Blues Arrangements

Bawdy Blues for Fingerstyle Guitar

Bawdy Blues for Fingerstyle Guitar

 The blues has always been spiced with suggestive metaphors. This collection of bawdy blues songs celebrates the off-color blues repertoire: Bessie Smith is wild about her kitchen man's turnip tops, but Bo Carter's pencil won't write no more! There's lots of variety, with songs from the 1930s, 40s and 50s; some are simple three-chord blues tunes and others have beautiful, ragtimey chord changes. Kitchen Man, My Big Ten Inch, You Can't Tell the Difference After Dark, Ain't Got Nobody to Grind My Coffee, & more, including the perennial holiday favorite Let's Make Christmas Merry, Baby.

  • DVD & PDF Book$20.00
Fingerpicking the Songs of Bessie Smith

Fingerpicking the Songs of Bessie Smith

 In the 1920s and 30s, Bessie Smith was "empress of the blues." Many of the songs she popularized, both blues and "tin pan alley" tunes, have become standards in blues, jazz, rock and pop music, and they're great for guitar! Fred shows you how to back yourself up singing them, and how to fingerpick instrumental versions of six classics: St. Louis blues, Nobody Knows You When You're Down & Out, Backwater Blues, After You've Gone, I Ain't Got Nobody and Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair. A 1920s film of Bessie singing St. Louis Blues is featured at the end of the lesson. Includes a detailed tab/music book as a PDF file on the DVD.

 

 

  • DVD & book$29.95
Beginners' Fingerpicking Blues Classics

Beginners' Fingerpicking Blues Classics

 Learn to fingerpick 8 all-time blues classics. Fred shows you how to accompany yourself singing the songs and how to fingerpick an instrumental version of each one. Includes Come Back Baby, When the Levee Breaks, Saint James Infirmary Blues, In the Evening When the Sun Goes Down, A Good Man is Hard To Find, Oh Daddy, Let the Good Times Roll and Black Night. A detailed tab/music booklet is included as a PDF file on the DVD.

  • DVD & book$29.95
Great Blues Solos

Great Blues Solos

The twenty fingerpicked acoustic solos in this 5 ½" by 8" book/CD were inspired by the great "first generation" acoustic blues guitarists: Huddie Ledbetter, Mance Lipscomb, Skip James, Gary Davis, Jesse Fuller, Blind Blake, and others. Several of the songs are in alternate tunings and some are in bottleneck style.

  • Book & CD$7.95
Blues Ukulele

Blues Ukulele

16 blues standards. Each song has two arrangements: One with lyrics, melody and uke chord grids to strum while singing, and one with a chord/melody tab arrangement, so you can play the song instrumentally, with lots of blues licks thrown in. All songs are played & sung on the CD. Includes: Beale Street Blues, C. C. Rider, Limehouse Blues, Midnight Special, St. James Infirmary, St. Louis Blues, Tain’t Nobody’s Biz-ness, If I Do & 9 others. Guitar players: if you play guitar, you can play ukulele! You use the same chord shapes, they just have different names.

  • Book & CD$24.95