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  • Series: Fretboard Roadmaps
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Hal Leonard; Pap/Com edition (June 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0634001426
  • ISBN-13: 978-0634001147
  • ASIN: 0634001140
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 0.1 x 12 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #333,666 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By PhilUSAFRet on July 1, 2008
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Was hoping this would be the blues equivalent of my Fretboard Roadmaps for Ukulele. Not so! A few basic blues chords are illustrated, but the book is for someone who has a pretty good understanding of chord theory and has already gained some proficiency at playing the guitar. I found it a little advanced for me. But.......if you are not a beginner and ready to jump right into blues chord theory, the book is great. Clear, and well organized. The CD is useful. I look forward to using it when I am more proficient.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mark Twain on October 29, 2005
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Another great fretboard roadmap guide in the Fretboard Roadmap series. Fred breaks down the fretboard so that it is easy to understand and easy to navigate under combat conditions (in front of people) or if you're jamming with friends. He covers both rhythm and soloing techniques with lots of examples.

The guitar should be fun, not overwhelming, and this is an excellent way to explore the Blues route.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By karateguitar on September 14, 2012
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When I started "teaching" myself guitar, I bought "Fretboard Roadmaps", and used it for some worthwhile learning of MY fretboard! Now I buy F.M. Blues, and was a little surprised and yeah, a little frustrated because it almost is the exact same book! Although it does have a CD, which IS needed in every book on guitar! It does make sense to those who haven't read the F.R. series. It's definately not a bad book, but I thought he could have veered a little away from the original F.R. book to actually show how different the blues are to rock and whatnot.
This is not a cut-down of the book by any means and unlike others, I believe this IS a book for beginners. Do what I did when I was a beginner, skip chapters you don't get, and come back to them later.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ScottSgr on April 14, 2013
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No one does a better job of starting at the beginning and working you towards some down right advanced concepts faster than Fred Sokolow. In fact, I was surprised at how far back he starts you. He starts at the very beginning, with how to read chord diagrams, then on to the notes on the neck, then to the blues.

He covers chords, including major and 6th chords, which I never thought of as blues chords. He covers chord riffs for various blues styles. Then scales. Finger picking. "Blues Boxes". Soloing with single notes and double stops. Texas fingerstyle, which to my ear sounds like Travis Picking.

So if you want to start learning guitar with the intent to play blues, this has to be the best product out there, period. And if you can already play but want to learn the blues genre, it is perfect for that as well. I've been playing guitar for thirty years, I majored in guitar performance in college twenty years ago(dropped out after two years), I don't suck, and I doubled my blues chops in one afternoon with this short book.

I think it is safe to say that I will eventually own all of the Fretboard Roadmaps books, even the ones devoted to genres I don't care about, like bluegrass, just to round out I playing. You can probably tell that I am blown away.
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More About the Author

Fred Sokolow is best known as the author of a library of instructional books and DVDs for guitar, banjo, Dobro, mandolin, lap steel and ukulele. There are currently over a hundred of his books or DVDs in print, sold all over the world. Fred has long been a well-known West Coast multi-string performer and recording artist, particularly on the acoustic music scene. The diverse musical genres covered in his books and DVDs, along with several bluegrass, jazz and rock CDs he has released, demonstrate his mastery of many musical styles. Whether he's playing Delta bottleneck blues, bluegrass or old-time banjo, 30s swing guitar or screaming rock solos, he does it with authenticity and passion.

Born in Los Angeles September 14, 1945, by the early 1960s Fred was well known in the California bluegrass scene, playing with Jody Stecher, Brantley Kearns, Sandy Rothman and Eric Thompson. Relocating to Berkeley, he toured and recorded with a hippie rock band throughout most of the 60s, the Bay Area-based Notes From the Underground (Vanguard Records). In the early 70s Fred performed with R&B, rock, country and bluegrass bands. By 1975 Fred had played with bluegrass luminaries like John Herald, Frank Wakefield and Jerry Garcia, had opened for the Dead, the Doors, B.B. King, Country Joe and the Fish and countless other acts, and he was playing in jazz combos with some of the Bay Areas best studio players.

In 1975 Fred returned to Los Angeles. He recorded two ground-breaking banjo albums for Kicking Mule Records and began touring with Bobbie Gentry and Jim Stafford, playing rock guitar, bluegrass banjo and lap steel. He also toured with the folk group the Limeliters, juggling seven different instruments. By the end of the 70s he had begun writing instructional books (methods, transcription books and arrangement books) for all the music print publishers: Mel Bay, Hal Leonard, Warner Brothers, Carl Fischer and more. He recorded a banjo video for Hot Licks, and several guitar videos for Stefan Grossman's Guitar Workshop. His transcription books became known for their accuracy, and his method books were lauded for their clarity and effectiveness in music magazines all over the world. He began teaching guitar and banjo seminars in music camps and stores, and he taught classes at the reknowned McCabes Music in Santa Monica.

Fred currently lives in Santa Monica and primarily performs retro jazz guitar with some of LA's finest musicians, playing and singing songs of the 30s and 40s. He often plays and records with British ex-rock star Ian Whitcomb. And he plays bluegrass, blues or rockabilly whenever the opportunity arises. He's active on the studio scene, playing on other people's albums and on numerous TV and movie soundtracks, and he was a musical advisor on Michael Mann's latest film, Public Enemies. Fred also records and performs with children's artists like Dan Crow, Greg & Steve, KPFK's Uncle Ruthie and Paul Stookey. He relishes the diversity of his portfolio: he played lap steel on the Tonight Show, mandolin on Rick James' last CD, played Dobro with Chubby Checker and won on the Gong Show (playing bluegrass banjo), jammed at the House of Blues with Junior Brown...and he performs with the legendary folksinger Tom Paxton whenever Tom comes to California.

Fred holds the title of official banjo player for the TV show Survivor. His music has graced many television shows and commercials, as well as recent movies like Peter Bogdanovitch's "The Cat's Meow." His recent "Fred Sokolow Jazz Quartet" and "Fred Sokolow Sings & Plays Fats Waller" CDs showcase his unique style of playing and singing jazz standards. A performance video of his jazz quartet was released recently, featuring guest stars Lawrence Juber, Ian Whitcomb and Junior Brown. Fred's recent bluegrass/old-timey CD "One More River to Cross," spans generations, as it features his long-time friend & musical partner Brantley Kearns, with whom he has played since they were teenagers, and it also introduces Zachary Sokolow, Fred's son, with whom he has been gigging for the last few years.

Fred's "Fretboard Roadmaps" series is an international best-seller. He conducts seminars up and down the West Coast and recently taught a week-long blues class for the National Guitar Workshop and a Dobro class for Steve Kaufman's Akoustic Kamp in Knoxville, Tennessee. Fred continues to perform and create instructional material, and is regarded as an authority on many musical genres, particularly what is now called "Americana."

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