With Ian Whitcomb & Dave Jones at Cantalini's With the Goin' South Band




Everybody gets the blues sometimes (to quote Merle Haggard) and the best way to lose the blues is to play the blues. Besides teaching you some classic blues tunes, Fred will show you how to strum moveable chords to a 12-bar blues in any key, and give you some classic licks and scales for jamming with other people. Bring a slide or bottleneck, because you'll also learn a slide blues tune. Tab will be handed out so you can practice in the days and weeks to come after the session, and Fred encourages you to use your iphone to record a video of some of the songs and lick's he'll present.

Cost: $ 20.00 916-787-8786     209 VERNON STREET ROSEVILLE, CA



211 lambert ave., palo alto, ca 94306 – 650-493-2131

Fred Sokolow – Guitar Soloing Strategies

Sat, April 29, 2017
11:00 am
-12:15 pm

$40The Guitar Soloing Strategies Workshop is a 75 minute, hands-on workshop (bring your guitar!). Fred shows you several ways to solo, both scale-based and chord-based. Learn improvised solo techniques that work for blues, rock, bluegrass, country, or any kind of music. Whether you play alone or with other people, the scales, licks and practice excercises Fred shows you will expand your ability to invent solos on the spot, and understand what other guitarists are doing when they play your favorite recorded solos

  • When
    Sat, April 29, 2017
    1:00 pm
    -2:15 pm


    This is a 75 minute, hands-on workshop (bring your ukulele!). Fred shows you some classic 12-bar and 8-bar blues tunes, and how to strum blues progressions in any key. You’ll also learn single-note scales that allow you to jam with other players and invent bluesy solos, up and down the fretboard, in any key…plus: learn how to play some classic, first-position blues licks you’ve heard from blues guitarists; they’re easy to play on uke.



I have a blog! once a month or more, I'll offer some musical tidbit that will make the world safer (or more fun) for string players...in the first one, I demystify the circle of fifths to make it actually useful and helpful for players of any instrument and any genre. Please check it out, and subscribe today!
You can buy the vinyl stick-on (no glue, it’s a static cling) for your guitar or uke or whatever (as in the attached photo) and press-on tattoos for your wrist, on my website http://www.sokolowmusic.com/instructional/general

On my 2nd blog entry, in honor of the Beatles movie “Eight Days a Week,” I look at the famous opening chord of “Hard Day’s Night” and discuss suspended chords and chords in general. Check it out & subscribe today!



On my 3rd blog entry, you can learn a chord-based soloing technique that works in all kinds of music...and it has links to video as well as tab: http://sokolowmusic.blogspot.com/2016/11/chord-based-licks-steve-cropper-style.html

I have several classes starting up at McCabes in Santa Monica, check out these descriptions. The jam classes can be paid for per class, you can drop in whenever you want (don't have to sign up for all 6 sessions). Call McCabes at 310) 828-4497 to sign up for classes, or just drop in.

BEGINNING BANJO Learn the entire score of O Brother Where Art Thou, if you want to. In this 5-string class, you, the student, get to pick and choose the tunes as Fred introduces you to all kinds of banjo music: bluegrass, old-time, blues, Beatles, whatever! All the chords, strums and picking patterns you need. You'll be playing tunes at the first class.
6:30-8:00 PM Wednesdays, Apr 5 - May 10 (6 sessions) $150 
FRETBOARD ROADMAPS  Finally, learn the "secrets of the pros" that help you play lead and rhythm in all keys, all over the fretboard! You'll understand chord progressions and expand your chord vocabulary. Guitar music theory will make sense out of all those strings and frets and chords and scales.
3:00-4:30 PM Sundays, Apr 2 - Apr 30 (4 sessions) $110 

BEATLES & STONES JAM All acoustic instruments welcome! Learn the classic rock tunes of the world's greatest rock bands. Fred will lay out the chord progressions and everybody will play the songs (all together now) and take turns soloing... if you want to solo! If you need some help with chord shapes or soloing ideas and techniques, the maestro is there to help. The class can help choose the song list. This'll be too much fun for a tuesday evening!
8:00-9:30 PM Tuesdays, Apr 4 - May 9 (6 sessions) $150 

ELECTRIC BLUES JAM  Improvise in the styles of B.B.King, Buddy Guy, Albert King, Eric Clapton and other greats. Learn rhythm and lead with an emphasis on improvisational playing.
6:30-8:00 PM Tuesdays, Apr 4 - May 9 (6 sessions) $150 

DYLAN JAM  To celebrate Dylan's Nobel Prize (he's not celebrating, so somebody has to) let's jam! All instruments welcome. He's written hundreds of songs and we'll pick the best ones (my favorites and yours). I'll tell you the chord changes, write them on the board, and we'll sing and play them together (soloing optional - no pressure). Be there or be square!
8:00-9:30 PM Wednesdays, Apr 5 - May 10 (6 sessions) $150 

At the Coffee Gallery in Alta Dena Fred backstage at McCabes with Tom Paxton