Scott Ainslie
Blues guitarist and historian
cover of Robert Johnson dvd

Highly recommended by students and reviewers. A fine overview of Delta Blues techniques, slide guitar, and various tunings featuring instruction on seven representative Johnson songs:

  • Kindhearted Woman Blues
  • Sweet Home Chicago
  • Drunken Hearted Man
  • Ramblin' on my Mind
  • Walkin' Blues
  • Come On In My Kitchen
  • Cross Road Blues
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Robert Johnson DVD Lesson

(Hal Leonard Signature Licks, 2005)

Robert Johnson was the original "unplugged" star - an impassioned master of Delta Blues whose life and death were shrouded in mystery. His playing and singing have burned themselves into the memories of every musician who has heard them, and in the 1960s, cut sharply across the developing foundations of rock and roll.

This newly released DVD guitar lesson is devoted to Johnson's work. And this is where part of his mystery ends. Seven of Johnson's greatest pieces are taught, showcasing representative guitar figures that recur throughout his recordings.

Condensing more than twenty years of teaching, performing and research on Johnson's guitar style, this DVD guitar lesson offers a concise and accessible demonstration of the techniques Johnson used to create his remarkable guitar parts. In this video, you will travel to the crossroads of the Delta Blues with a contemporary master and learn to play.

Here you'll learn Johnson's A-blues and E-blues in standard tuning, a Lonnie Johnson influenced tune in Dropped-D, a slide piece in Open-E (or D-tuning, capo:2) and a couple of different slide pieces in Open-A (or G-tuning, capo: 2). This is an excellent primer on solo Delta Blues using Johnson's guitar parts as the point of departure. Very well received by students literally all over the world. Originally released as a Starlicks Master Sessions Video in 1997.

"If you are one of the many frustrated bluesmen who have considered selling your soul to the devil in exchange for the ability to play like Robert Johnson, stop right there! Starlicks offers you a better option: Robert Johnson's Guitar Techniques, a video instruction tape by Johnson transcriber Scott Ainslie that will help you not only play Johnson's guitar parts, but understand them as well....read more

Jim Coen, GuitarWorld Acoustic Magazine

Comments from students who used the VHS version:

"After years of tutors and songbooks that fail to deliver here's the real McCoy! Great audio and video presentation plus your handy tab book. Arrangments sound just like Robert but are readily absorbed. Scott obviously loves the era and the music and his insights and background are five star. At last I know what "that land of California" means! Can’t wait for the next episode!"
-- CH from Perth, West Australia

"The best Robert Johnson instruction available. More importantly the video will inspire one to develop one’s own interpretation of this highly improvised art form the Delta blues. "
-- TG from New Mexico

“Scott Ainslie's got it down! If you love Robert Johnson and want to learn his style...this is the video to buy...it's great! Scott really does a good job, one of the better instructional videos I've come across."
-- KC from Springfield, IL

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