Time: 3:00 - 5:00 PM
Delta Blues Museum
1 Blues Alley, Clarksdale MS
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.