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.

Methods

101 Mandolin Tips

101 Mandolin Tips

Intro to the world of mandolin! Playing & practicing tips & music theory, plus mandolin history & lore, tips about accessories (straps, strings, picks etc.), who to listen to (past and present mando wizards), different genres (Italian music, bluegrass, Choro &more) and how to find mandolin activities in your neighborhood. Did you know Beethoven played mandolin?

  • Book w/soundfiles$14.99

Intro to the world of mandolin! Playing & practicing tips & music theory, plus mandolin history & lore, tips about accessories (straps, strings, picks etc.), who to listen to (past and present mando wizards), different genres (Italian music, bluegrass, Choro &more) and how to find mandolin activities in your neighborhood. Did you know Beethoven played mandolin?

  • Book w/soundfiles$14.95
Complete Beginners Ukulele Guide

Complete Beginners Ukulele Guide

Start right at the beginning: how to tune, hold & strum the uke. Learn over a dozen easy chords, several strums & tunes of many genres (in 5 keys!): Stand By Me, Ghost Riders In the Sky, Folsom Prison Blues, House of the Rising Sun, Aloha Oe & more. A fun, easy to use intro to the uke.

  • DVD & book$19.95
Fingerstyle Ukulele

Fingerstyle Ukulele

Get beyond strumming and learn to play solos and accompaniment, fingerstyle! You will learn to play chord melody solos and to fingerpick accompaniment patterns for many rhythmic grooves. Because fingerstyle playing works for all genres, folk, jazz, blues and country songs are included in this collection! Songs include: After You've Gone * Aloha Oe * Amazing Grace * C.C. Rider * I Ride an Old Paint * The Red River Valley * St. Louis Blues * Take Me Out to the Ball Game * The Wabash Cannon Ball * Will the Circle Be Unbroken * and more.

  • Book/CD$16.99
101 Ukulele Tips

101 Ukulele Tips

 

Ready to take your uke playing to the next level? Or, want a great introduction to the wonderful world of uke? Here's a book of valuable how-to insight from which ukulele players of all styles and levels can benefit. The text, photos, music, diagrams and accompanying CD provide a terrific, easy-to-use resource for a variety of topics, including: techniques, improvising and soloing, equipment, practicing, ear training, performance, uke history and lore, and much more!
 

  • Book & CD$14.99
All Three Uke Guides

All Three Uke Guides

 Beginning, Intermediate & Advanced Ukulele Guide; the package deal!

  • 3 DVDs & book$49.95
Complete Advanced Ukulele Guide

Complete Advanced Ukulele Guide

In Lesson #3, you’ll learn still more moveable and first-position chords, diminished chords and many more jazz chord shapes. There are more chord/melody solos that'll get you playing up and down the neck, more blues licks, and a bluegrassy fingerpicking solo. Tunes include “Crazy,” “Matchbox,” “Rosetta,” “Fly Me To the Moon,” “Mister Sandman,” “Anytime,” “Wreck of Old 97” and “When You Wish Upon a Star.” Option: get all 3 DVDs for $49.95.

  • DVD & book$19.95
Complete Intermediate Ukulele Guide

Complete Intermediate Ukulele Guide

Beyond strumming: learn more 1st position chords & moveable (up-the-neck) chords, fingerpicking patterns, major scales, how to play a 12-bar blues in any key. Pick out melodeies, play beautiful chord/melody solos. Tunes include Tumbling Tumbleweeds, Tennessee Waltz, Route 66, Not Fade Away, A Pretty Girl Is Like A Melody, See See Rider & more. Option: get all three uke DVDs for $49.95.

  • DVD & book$19.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Mandolin

Fretboard Roadmaps for Mandolin

by Fred Sokolow & Bob Applebaum, a thorough method for mandolin. Learn chords, scales & soloing techniques for all keys & all styles: bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, blues. Lots of sample tunes & exercises.

  • Book/CD$12.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Ukulele

Fretboard Roadmaps for Ukulele

Fred collaborated with uke expert Jim Beloff to make this complete method book. It teaches you how to strum backup chords in any key; play chord solos up and down the fretboard; solo in any key using first-position major scales, chord-based licks, and moveable major and blues scales; understand chord progressions; increase your chord vocabulary; and more. If you can play guitar, you can play uke (the chord positions are almost exactly the same!). For beginners or folks who already play uke.

  • CD & Book$14.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Bass Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Bass Guitar

Learn to play bass lines (all kinds of grooves) anywhere on the fretboard, in any key. Learn major, minor, and pentatonic scale patterns, chord-based lines, and much more. Very usefulf or beginning, intermediate, and advanced players. The CD includes 64 demonstration and play-along tracks.

  • w/Tab Book & CD$14.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Dobro Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Dobro Guitar

Learn G, D, A and E tunings, lots of sample tunes & licks that work for bluegrass, blues, country, rock or swing...tab, music & CD.

  • Book & CD$12.95

Arrangements

Bluegrass Ukulele

Bluegrass Ukulele

21 of the most popular bluegrass songs & fiddle tunes, arranged for uke. Learn to strum the chords & sing the tunes, plus play them as instrumentals, including 3-finger, banjo-style picking. Songs include: Roll In My Sweet Baby's Arms, Wabash Cannonball, Old Joe Clark, Little Maggie, Will The Circle Be Unbroken, Banks of the Ohio, Soldier's Joy & more.

  • Book & CD. $24.95
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