Delta Blues Museum Presents: Acoustic Blues & Slide Guitar

Workshop with Scott Ainslie


Saturday, February 12, 2011 from 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Delta Blues Museum
Clarksdale, MS


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Ainslie is the author of "Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads"---a book of transcriptions, history, and annotated lyrics from Johnson's famous solo blues recordings of 1936-37. He is an experienced teacher and has an instructional DVD on Johnson's music on Starlicks Master Sessions.

Scott has received numerous awards for his work including the St. Andrew's Presbyterian College 20th Annual Sam Ragan Fine Arts Award, appointment as a Public Fellow at UNC-Chapel Hill, numerous grant awards from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Folklife Section of North Carolina Arts Council, and has presented programs for the NC Center for the Advancement of Teaching. Scott has been a featured artist at Merlefest, The Kennedy Center, The Old Songs Festival, Louisiana Crossroads, and at the Toronto, Mississippi Valley, and Bull Durham Blues Festivals.

Ainslie is also a seasoned Piedmont and Ragtime Blues performer whose work includes the music of Blind Blake, Rev. Gary Davis, Muddy Waters, David 'Honeyboy' Edwards, and Virginia Bluesman John Jackson--a friend and mentor met in 1967.

A master teacher, Ainslie will lead guitarists through a portion of Blues-related guitar technique. Content is always guided by the needs and desires of the students, but sections on the ins and outs of slide playing, finger picking technique, major open tunings, and the special open bass chord forms that pepper any solo acoustic blues guitar performance will be covered, in addition to requested material.

Students interested in slide guitar should have a slide that fits securely on their little finger. You are welcome to bring an audio recording device, paper and pencil are recommended. To reserve your place, please contact the Delta Blues Museum 662-627-6820. The workshop is free, but spaces are limited.

This workshop is made possible by a grant from the Rock River Foundation and the Mississippi Arts Commission.
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