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


Lynn & I plus John Hatton are backing up NETTIE ROSE


Hear Netties outstanding original songs plus some western swing

Viva Cantina is near Griffith Park & the Equestrian Center at

900 W. Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA · (818) 845-2425





My jazz trio is playing Sunday Oct. 22th 6:30-9:30
at Cantalini's Italian restaurant in Playa Del Rey.
Excellent bassist Chris Conner 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.





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.

I have a new round of classes starting up real soon. There's something for everybody (whether you play guitar, uke, banjo, mandolin, whatever)! The Uke Jam Class is new, and I haven't done the Swing class in years.
Call McCabes (310) 828-4497 to sign up, or just drop in when the class starts. You can check out the jams by paying per class (don't have to buy all 6 sessions at once).
BTW that's me in the photo, practicing after my first lesson.
GUITAR SOLOING  Whether you play blues, jazz, rock, country, bluegrass or you-name-it, the strategies Fred shows you will enable you to ad-lib solos all over the fretboard, in any key, and (get this) actually know what you're doing! Lots of jamming as well as theory, licks, scales, and chord-based solo techniques. Learn how to express yourself! Bring recordings of your favorite solos and find out what the player was thinking.
1-2:30 pm Sundays, Sept. 17-Oct. 22 (6 sessions) $150
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. 
3:00-4:30 pm Sundays, Sept. 17-Oct.22 (6 sessions) $150 
Acoustic and electric guitarists can enjoy playing swing, whether they prefer Brian Setzer, Benny Goodman, Django Reinhardt or Bob Wills. There's that driving rhythm (lots of chords and progressions to learn) & the inventive, up-the-neck soloing. Fred demystifies it all and shows you lots of chord & single-note patterns, plus classic tunes. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing!
6:30-8:00 pm Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 (6 sessions) $150
BEATLES & STONES JAM (you can pay per class on the jams, don't have to buy all 6 sessions) Playing these tunes is a blast!
All 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.
8:00-9:30 PM Tuesdays, Sept. 19-Oct. 24 (6 sessions) $155
Is mandolin just for bluegrass and Italian songs? No way! It's also heard in rock, country, folk, jazz, and swing. You'll learn songs in all these styles from Fred, as well as how to get around the instrument in several keys, and even how to improvise, so you can (gasp!) play with other people. The mando may be small, but there's a world of music in there, and this is a great way to get started. As a bonus, you're invited to bring in tunes you'd like to play, and Fred will try to include them in the class. 
6:30-7:40 pm Wednesdays, Sept. 20-Oct. 25 (6 sessions) $150
UKULELE JAM PLUS (you can pay per class on the jams, don't have to buy all 6 sessions)
Fred will put chord progressions up on the blackboard and we'll strum through all kinds of tunes (pop, blues, country, swing, rock, R&B, bluegrass)...his favorites & your requests. He'll help you out on any tricky chords. If you want to solo, he'll give you some tips, but that's strictly optional. Great place to learn new songs, practice picking them up quickly, and just enjoy.
8-9:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 20-Oct. 25 (6 sessions) $150
At the Coffee Gallery in Alta Dena Fred backstage at McCabes with Tom Paxton