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.

Country Methods

Fretboard Roadmaps for Lap Steel

Fretboard Roadmaps for Lap Steel

Learn how to play solos, licks and backups, all over the fretboard, in any key, in several tunings, including C6, G, D, E7 and more. Easy-to-follow diagrams and instruction are included for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. 63 demonstration audio tracks of tunes and licks matching the music examples in the book are available for download or streaming online.

  • Book & soundfiles$14.95
Bluegrass Guitar Method

Bluegrass Guitar Method

A complete guide to learning bluegrass guitar. This book uses 18 popular bluegrass songs to teach you the basics of rhythm and lead playing in the styles of Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Lester Flatt, Maybelle Carter and others. Includes a 43-track CD, lots of strums, bass runs, tag endings, soloing strategies up and down the neck, crosspicking and more!

  • Book & CD$14.95
Complete Country Guitar

Complete Country Guitar

Tunes, scales & licks for backup & lead. An encyclopedia of country styles, it offers instruction and tunes in the Carter-style, bluegrass, fancy flatpicking a la Doc Watson & Clarence White, Travis style, modern electric country, Western Swing & rockabilly! Lots of songs, lead & backup

  • Book & CD$24.95
Travis Picking for Beginners

Travis Picking for Beginners

Merle Travis' alternating thumb/bass picking style is much imitated & has influenced many of the greats, including Chet Atkins. You'll learn how it's done, as Fred teaches you arrangements of Nine Pound Hammer, I Am a Pilgrim, Windy & Warm, Whispering and Mack the Knife.

  • DVD & Book$29.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Bluegrass & Folk Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Bluegrass & Folk Guitar

Learn several ways to solo in any key, up & down the neck & 1st position; many sample tunes & licks, backup too.

  • Book & CD$12.95
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
Fretboard Roadmaps for Country Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Country Guitar

Learn steel licks, first position soloing in five keys, chord based licks, hot solos based on moveable major, blues and "sliding" scales, acoustic and electric licks, and more. Tab, music, and CD.

  • Book & CD$12.95
Beginner's Country Guitar DVD

Beginner's Country Guitar DVD

Using classic tunes like Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, and Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Fred shows you the strums, chords, bass runs, and scales you need to play country backup and solos

  • DVD w/Tab Book $29.95

Country Transcriptions

Alison Krauss "So Long, So Wrong"

Alison Krauss "So Long, So Wrong"

Banjo & guitar transcriptions of the album, plus guitar versions of mandolin & fiddle solos. Tab and music.

  • Book$21.95
Western Swing Guitar

Western Swing Guitar

25 great tunes by Bob Wills, Spade Cooley, Asleep at the Wheel, Milton Brown, Tex Williams & more...solos by Eldon Shamblin, Junior Barnard, Jimmy Wyble, all the greats! Steel Guitar Rag, San Antonio Rose, Smoke Smoke Smoke, Right or Wrong, Faded Love, etc.

  • Book$19.95
Roots of Country Guitar

Roots of Country Guitar

6 pivotal country tunes and the licks, styles & techniques behind them, with history & bios of country pioneers: Don Rich (Buckaroo), Merle Travis (I Am a Pilgrim), Eldon Shamblin, Joe Maphis, Atkins, etc.

  • book & CD$16.95
The Jimmie Rodgers Collection

The Jimmie Rodgers Collection

26 tunes by the "Father of Country Music" transcribed in full: T for Texas, Muleskinner Blues, Any Old Time, In the Jailhouse Now, etc. Lots of history, bio & photos, analysis of his picking style.

  • $19.95
The Carter Family Collection

The Carter Family Collection

32 full transcriptions (solos & backup): Wildwood Flower, Wabash Connonball, Can the Circle be Unbroken, Foggy Mt. Top, etc. Great classic tunes & picking that defined country music, plus an analysis of Maybelle's style. Lot's of historym biod, and photos.

  • $19.95
The Guitar of Doc Watson

The Guitar of Doc Watson

15 favorites like Black Mt. Rag, Windy & Warm, Deep River Blues, Doc's Guitar...flatpicking & fingerpicking.

  • $17.95

Country Arrangements

The Music of Woody Guthrie for Fingerstyle Guitar

The Music of Woody Guthrie for Fingerstyle Guitar

Woody Guthrie inspired a generation of songwriters and his songs continue to move millions of people. Learn to play solos and backup for 10 of Woody's best, including Pastures of Plenty, So Long It's Been Good to Know Yuh, Bound For Glory, Deportees, My Daddy Flies, Philadelphia Lawyer, Oklahoma Hills, Do Re Mi, Hard Travelin' and Pretty Boy Floyd. A great lesson in fingerpicking and an intro to some moving, classic tunes from America's legendary poet/songwriter.

  • DVD w/PDF book$20.00
Gospel Guitar Songbook

Gospel Guitar Songbook

Fingerpicking & flatpicking versions of 15 classic tunes, including Amazing Grace, Just a Closer Walk With Thee, Leaning on the Everlasting Arm, Precious Memories, Sweet Bye and Bye, Wayfaring Stranger, What a Friend We Have in Jesus, etc. Easy-to-intermediate arrangements.

  • Book$9.95
  • Optional CD$10.00
Hank Williams Songbook

Hank Williams Songbook

Easy-to-intermediate fingerpicking and flatpicking arrangements of 26 hits, including Your Cheatin' Heart, I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry, Jambalaya, Lovesick Blues, Cold Cold Heart, I Can't Help It If I'm Still in Love With You, Honky Tonk Blues and more. Lots of history and bio, too.

  • Book$14.95
  • Optional CD$10.00
Country Classics

Country Classics

30 great hits arranged for finger and flat picking:Crazy, Making Believe, Faded Love, Tennessee Waltz, Mama Tried, Oh Lonesome Me, I Fall to Pieces, etc. Tab, music, and lyrics.

  • Book$14.95
  • Optional CD$10.00
Flatpicking Country Classics DVD

Flatpicking Country Classics DVD

Backp & solos to San Antonio Rose, Wild Side of Life, Waltz Across Texas, City of New Orleans, Someone I Used To Know, etc. Normal speed and slowed down with split screen to see both hands clearly.

  • DVD/Book$29.95
Fingerpicking the Songs of Johnny Cash

Fingerpicking the Songs of Johnny Cash

Fairly easy fingerpicking versions of 7 classic tunes, with backup and lead (solo) parts. Great songs, including Big River, I Walk the Line, Give My Love to Rose, Folsom Prison Blues, Ring of Fire, I Guess Things Happen That Way, Ways of a Woman In Love.

  • DVD & tab book$29.95