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.

Rock Methods

Rockabilly Guitar Method

Rockabilly Guitar Method

 Using 17 popular rockabilly tunes, Fred teaches the basics of rhythm and lead playing in the styles of Carl Perkins, Brian Setzer, Cliff Gallup, Buddy Holly, Scotty Moore and more. Learn lots of solos and backup, note-for-note as the rockabilly pioneers played them, and learn how to build your own solos & backup! CD has 58 tracks. Full of info, instruction & transcriptions.

 

  • Book and CD$14.95
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
Slide Guitar for the Rock Guitarist

Slide Guitar for the Rock Guitarist

Tunes, scales, licks & exercises to get you improvising hot electric slide solos.

  • Book & CD$14.95
Fretboard Roadmaps For Rock Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps For Rock Guitar

Learn to adlib riffs and solos based on chord fragments, blues scales, major perntatonic scales and lots more. This book is full of ideas

  • book & CD with tab$14.95
Rockabilly Guitar

Rockabilly Guitar

CD #1: FIRST POSITION LICKS-learn the key of E and A bluesy licks, boogie bass lines, backup figures, turnarounds & fingerpicking patterns that are the foundation of rockabilly guitar  
CD #2: PLAYING UP THE NECK-chords & chord families that allow you to solo all over the fretboard, moveable fingerpicking licks, moveable boogie bass, chord-fragment licks. Soloing & backup in any key.  
CD #3: PUTTING IT ALL TOGETHER-moveable blues/rock scales (single & double note)...combining fingerpicking, scales & boogie bass.  

  • 3 one-hour CDs, $24.95 a set with a complete tab/music book$24.95
Rockabilly Guitar

Rockabilly Guitar

An hour+ session on solos & backup with classic tunes like Blue Suede Shoes, Little Sister & That'll Be The Day. Single-note & Chuck Berry-style soloing, fingerpicking & boogie backup. The foundations of rock!

  • DVD & book$29.95
Beginners Rock Guitar DVD

Beginners Rock Guitar DVD

70+ minutes...using garage band favorites like Louie Louie, Roll Over Beethoven, Stand By Me, Midnight Hour, My Girl & Proud Mary, Fred teaches power chords, moveable scales, lots of backup & lead licks.  

  • DVD & book$29.95

Rock Transcriptions

Elliott Smith Songbook

Elliott Smith Songbook

 18 songs by this great indie singer/songwriter. Lots of tab/music for his guitar backup & solos. Miss Misery, Say Yes, Son of Sam, Waltz #2, Between the Bars, Distorted Reality, Memory Lane, I Didn’t Understand, Ballad of Big Nothing, Angeles, Clementine & more.

  • Book$17.99
Robbie Robertson

Robbie Robertson

14 tunes, from high energy rock to acoustic fingerpicking: King Harvest, Night They Drove Old Dixie Down, Up On Cripple Creek, American Roulette.

  • $19.95
Classic Guitar Instrumentals

Classic Guitar Instrumentals

28 classic by Duane Eddy, The Ventures, Dick Dale, Lonnie Mack, like Raunchy, Rebel Rouser, Pipeline, Walk Don't Run, Miserlou, Apache, Wipeout, Tequila, Rumble. 

  • $19.99
Elvis Presley

Elvis Presley

21 hits, solos by Scotty Moore, James Burton & Hank Garland: Hound Dog, My Baby Left Me, That's All Right Mama, Too Much, Mystery Train,Little Sister, Ready Teddy, Jailhouse Rock, Heartbreak Hotel & more. The solos that charted the course for rock!

  • $19.95
Buddy Holly

Buddy Holly

15 hits: That'll Be The Day, Peggy Sue, It's So Easy, Words Of Love, Maybe Baby, etc.

  • $19.95
Chuck Berry

Chuck Berry

17 hits: Johnny B. Goode, Memphis, Mabellene, Carol, No Particular Place To Go.

  • $19.95
Rolling Stones Singles Collection

Rolling Stones Singles Collection

58 songs match the box set: the early years. All guitars included, open & standard tunings, capo instructions: Satisfaction, Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar, Wild Horses, Street Fighting Man, Paint It Black, It's All Over Now, Last Time, Play With Fire.

  • Book$29.95
Roots of Rock Guitar

Roots of Rock Guitar

6 pivotal early rock tunes and the licks, styles, and techniques behind them. Includes history and bios of rock's pioneers. Walk Don't Run, Susie Q, Blue Suede Shoes, etc.

  • Book & CD$16.95

Rock Arrangements

Fingerpicking the Songs of Buddy Holly

Fingerpicking the Songs of Buddy Holly

Fred makes Buddy's tunes accessible to fingerpicking guitarists, and the arrangements are terrific! Learn to back yourself up singing, and play instrumental versions of every song as well. Includes Peggy Sue, That'll Be the Day, It's So Easy, Maybe Baby, Raining In My Heart, It Doesn't Matter Anymore and Lonesome Tears. All the songs (backup and solos) are written out in tab and music in an accompanying booklet which is included as a PDF file on the DVD.

  • DVD & book$29.95
John Sebastian Songbook

John Sebastian Songbook

29 of his hits, including Do You Believe in Magic, Welcome Back, Summer in the City, etc. Music "lead sheets" with chord grids and strumming or picking patterns for backup.

  • $14.95
Fingerpicking The Dead

Fingerpicking The Dead

This is a book-plus-audio version of the Fingerpicking Grateful Dead video described above.

  • book & 2 CDs$24.95
Fingerpicking Greatful Dead

Fingerpicking Greatful Dead

Backup & solos: Friend of the Devil, Uncle John's Band, Ripple, Sugar Magnolia, Truckin', Deal, Touch of Grey, Alabama Getaway, Dire Wolf. Normal speed & slow with split screen. 90 minutes! With Tab book.

  • Book w/tab & DVD $29.95
Fingerpicking Paul Simon Songs

Fingerpicking Paul Simon Songs

9 great Simon hits, backup & solos: Scarborough Fair, The Boxer, Me & Julio, Bridge Over Troubled Water, Mrs. Robinson, etc. Normal speed and slowed down on a split screen.

  • Book W/tab & DVD $29.95
Fingerpicking Bob Dylan Songs

Fingerpicking Bob Dylan Songs

9 classic Dylan tunes from start to finish, backup & solos: Don't Think Twice, Mr. Tambourine Man, I Shall Be Released, etc. Normal speed and slowed down on a split screen. 

  • Book w/tab & DVD$29.95
Fingerpicking Beatles

Fingerpicking Beatles

Easy-to-intermediate arrangements of 20 tunes for acoustic guitar: Yesterday, In My Life, Eleanor Rigby, When I'm 64, And I Love Her, Something, Come Together, etc. 

  • Book$14.95