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


My jazz trio is playing Sunday June 18th (Fathers' Day!) 6:30-9:30
at Cantalini's Italian restaurant in Playa Del Rey.
Excellent bassist Jeff Falkner and supreme sax player Terry Landry

will join me playing 30s & 40s songs.
Come hear the music & eat excellent Italian food, no cover charge. Request your favorite tunes!
Here's Cantalini's website for more info: http://salernobeach.co
Call 310) 821-0018 for reservations and ask for a seat near the band!






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.


Learn to play slide in open tunings (E, D, A, G) and standard tuning in the styles of Muddy Waters, Eric Clapton, Elmore James, Duane Allman, and all the great acoustic and electric players. Classic slide licks sound great in blues, rock and country music. Even if you've never played slide before, this will get you off on the right foot. 
6:30-8:00 PM Tuesdays, Jun 13-27 (3 sessions) $90 .


Electric guitars and acoustic guitars are welcome, as well as blues harp, bass, and anything else you like to play (sax, banjo, mandolin, uke, you name it). We'll explore the repertoire of BB, Albert and Freddie King, Buddy Guy, Clapton, Stevie, T-Bone Walker and all the blues greats (from the late '40s to the present). Fred can help you with chord progressions, soloing techniques, etc., but mostly it's a chance to jam and get used to playing great blues tunes with other people. 
8:00-9:30 pm Tuesdays, Jun 13-Jul 25 (6 sessions) $150...this started already, but  you can still join us!

Whatever instrument you play, here's your chance to learn to jam with other players, or hone your chops if you already know how, in the most supportive environment imaginable. Learn to play the real country songs of Hank Williams, Merle Haggard, George Jones, Ernest Tubb, Buck Owens, Roy Acuff and others. They are mostly simple, 3- or 4-chord tunes! Fred spells out the progressions and you take turns playing backup and soloing (only if you want to) on the best country music there is. 
6:30-8:00 pm Wednesdays, Jun 14-Jul 19 (6 sessions) $150 


Finally, a place for beginning and intermediate bluegrassers to learn to jam, using standard tunes that everybody plays. All bluegrass instruments welcome. We'll start with slow tempos, and kick it up a notch when (if) the class wants to do so. Emphasis on ensemble playing (soloing optional). 
8:00-9:30 PM Wednesdays, Jun 14-Jul 19 (6 sessions) $150 




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