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.

Jazz Methods

Jazzing it Up

Jazzing it Up

Teaches jazz chord substitution & improvising. Learn the "rules" of jazz chord substitution and chord construction; then learn how to apply them to 12 simple, 3-chord folk tunes and turn them into lush jazz chord solos. Plus a section on comping. Music, grids & a CD...no tab.

  • Book & CD$16.95
Fretboard Roadmaps for Jazz Guitar

Fretboard Roadmaps for Jazz Guitar

Learn jazz chord construction and jazz progressions. Learn chord and single note soloing, major, pentatonic, diminished, and augmented scales and more. Music, tab & CD.

  • Book & CD$14.95
Playing & Understanding Jazz Guitar

Playing & Understanding Jazz Guitar

A 75 minute lesson on chords, comping & standard progressions, plus single-note & chord solos to I Got Rhythm, Watch What Happens, HoneysuckleRose & tips on scale and chord-based improvisaion.

  • DVD $29.95 w/book$29.95
Building a Jazz Chord Solo

Building a Jazz Chord Solo

Fred uses 4 jazz standards to show how to create your own chord/melody arrangement. Each tune is done four ways: a very easy version using 1st position chords, then w/moveable chords, then with lots of substiutions (with explanation of how they got there), then an improvisation that leaves the melody behind. Lots of theory!

  • Book/CD$14.95

Jazz Transcriptions

Solos for Jazz Guitar

Solos for Jazz Guitar

Transcriptions & analysis of solos by Django, George Benson, Les Paul,Wes Montgomery, Charlie Christian, Tal Farlow, Barney Kessel, Larry Coryell, John McLaughlin. Music & chord grids, no tab.

  • $12.00
Wes Montgomery

Wes Montgomery

15 Wes originals like Bumpin' On Sunset, West Coast Blues, Road Song,Movin' Wes I & II, Four on Six, Mr. Walker. Analysis of his single-note,octave & chord soloing style. Music (no tab).

  • $17.95

Jazz Arrangements

Jazz Standards for Beginners

Jazz Standards for Beginners

 Fred teaches beautiful but accessible (mostly first position) chord solos and backup for Autumn Leaves, 'Til There Was You, Moonglow, Gee Baby Ain't I Good To You, Young At Heart, Wee Small Hours of the Morning. Tab/music book (with chord grids) is on the DVD as a PDF file. Yes you can play jazz!

  • DVD & tab book$29.95
Fred Sokolow Plays & Sings Fats Waller

Fred Sokolow Plays & Sings Fats Waller

Fred sings and plays 21 guitar-driven arrangements of songs that Fats wrote - including many rare, never-heard before gems - with his jazz quartet (guitar, bass, sax or clarinet, and drums). Some solo guitar performances too. Ain't Misbehavin', The Joint Is Jumping, Jitterbug Waltz, Concentratin' On You, Old Yazoo, Honeysuckle Rose, Blue Turning Grey, Up Jumped You, I've Got a Feeling I'm Falling, Black & Blue, etc.

Hoagy Carmichael DVD

Hoagy Carmichael DVD

Hoagy gave us immortal, soulful tunes like Georgia on my Mind, Stardust, Lazy River, Rockin' Chair, Skylark and Layzbones. They sound great on guitar! Fred teaches chord-style backup (for singing) and chord solos for the tunes, and slows them down on a split screen. You'll learn many of the rarely-heard verse-introductions. The book has tab, music & grids

  • w/Book$29.95
Irving Berlin Songbook DVD

Irving Berlin Songbook DVD

Learn chord-style backup & solos to Cheek to Cheek, How Deep is the Ocean, Say It Isn't So, Blue Skies, I've Got My Love to Keep Me Warm and Change Partners. Fred plays them, gives you technical performance tips, then slows them down on a split screen. The book has tab, music & grids. Fred includes some of the rarely-heard verse-intros.

  • w/Book$29.95
Fred Sokolow Jazz Quartet Performance DVD

Fred Sokolow Jazz Quartet Performance DVD

Fred performs 11 tunes in this 30s-flavored set, mostly little known. He's joined by sax player Mike Rose, Bassist Jeff Faulkner, Drummer Matt Betton and guest stars JUNIOR BROWN, IAN WHITCOMB and LAURENCE JUBER. There are lots of extras, including a lesson from Fred on his chord-soloing style. It's a fun package with terrific sound.

Jazz Chord Solos for Beginners DVD

Jazz Chord Solos for Beginners DVD

Learn 6 easy-to-play, timeless standards (backup & solos), slowed down on a split screen. Plus the book has tab, music & chord grids. Georgia, Summertime, Ain't Misbehavin, Wonderful World, Fly Me to the Moon, It Had to be You. Yes, you can play jazz.

  • DVD & Book$29.95
Cole Porter Songbook

Cole Porter Songbook

Learn backup & chord solos to Night & Day, Easy to Love, Let's Do It, At Long Last Love, All of You, You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To. Intermediate level, Fred plays them, then slows them down on a split screen. The book has tab, music & grids.

  • DVD & Book$29.95
Gershwin Songbook DVD

Gershwin Songbook DVD

Six great Fred-style chord solo arrangements. You'll learn backup and solos for They Can't Take That Away From Me, A Foggy Day, Nice Work If You Can Get It, Our Love is Here to Stay, Lady be Good, Someone to Watch Over Me. Fred includes many of the rarely-heard introductions. The book has tab, music & grids.

  • DVD & book$29.95
Fred Sokolow Jazz Quartet

Fred Sokolow Jazz Quartet

On his new CD, Fred plays & sings '40-ish jazz standards (some well-known, some rare) with his quartet: sax, bass, drums & his beautiful ES-175 jazz guitar. His unique fingerstyle guitar playing and smoky vocals are featured. You Brought A New Kind Of Love, Moonlight Serenade, No Strings, A Kiss To Build A Dream On & more.