Guitar Students: Testimonials

Ainslie_Scott.kff08.6242WEBI have become sort of a legacy instructor at the Swannanoa Gathering’s Guitar Week, missing only three Gatherings over the past twenty years.

I was humbled to find out in 2014 that my classes closed out within minutes of the opening of on-line registration and have always carried long waiting lists.

I read all my student evaluations. Here are a few of them along with other responses to my teaching.

– Scott Ainslie

Student Evaluations

Montclair NJ Guitar Workshop 9/10/2016

Yesterday, I attended (as a student), a Scott Ainslie acoustic blues workshop that I helped to organize. Here’s a few thoughts about that: The guitar is a fiendishly simple and beautifully complex machine for making music, that magic blend of rhythm, melody, harmony, and emotion. If you’ve ever sat there looking at your guitar with […]

An Important Teacher and Protagonist

Ainslie is a beautiful stylist who respects the country blues and acoustic blues music, feels it deep down to his soul, and understands its essence. He is not just an important bridge to the original blues, he is an important teacher and protagonist of the genre.

Outreach Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Blues Society, LeClaire IA

Old Blues and Southern Musical Traditions

Ainslie is one of the most important cultural protagonists of the old blues and Southern musical traditions.

Outreach Coordinator
Mississippi Valley Blues Society, LeClaire IA

The Best Guitar Instruction I’ve Had

Your Mississippi John Hurt class at the Summer Acoustic Music Week (SAMW) this year has turned out to be some of the best guitar instruction I’ve had thus far. I got some John Hurt recordings when I got back, listened to them enough to get the music into my head, and am successfully transferring it […]

Michael Gooley, Student
Summer Acoustic Music Week, Geneva Point, NH

No Ordinary Blues Musician

Ainslie is no ordinary Blues musician. Not hardly. He has delved into the music and its history and doesn’t mind sharing it. – “Year’s 10 Best Jazz & Beyond,” Pittsburgh, PA 2003

Nate Guidry
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Play and Understand Robert Johnson

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 […]

Jim Coen
Guitar World Acoustic Magazine

Head And Shoulders Above Any Other Collection

Scott Ainslie has taken on the monumental task of transcribing all of Robert Johnson’s recorded blues songs and succeeded with flying colors…Robert Johnson/At The Crossroads, (Hal Leonard, 1992) stands head and shoulders above any other collection of transcriptions.

Brett Bonner
Living Blues Magazine

Exceptional Ability To Play and Teach

Ainslie has the exceptional blend of ability to play and teach, with the willingness to do so.  

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Magical in Both Song and Storytelling

We truly enjoyed your time here and the schools cherished your outreach.  Your blues workshop scored a major impression on the guitarists from all over the West Georgia region.  The evening concert was magical both in song and storytelling, as your spell-bound audience applauded with as much energy as you performed.  What a gift you […]

Robert B. Jennings
University of West Georgia

An Extraordinary Teacher and a Gifted Musician

Ainslie is truly an extraordinary teacher and a gifted musician.  The things I learned from him, rhythm and right hand technique, slide technique, riffs, and some of the secrets of Robert Johnson’s music, have created a strong foundation that has taken my playing to another level.  

Student Evaluation
Common Ground On The Hill

Tied to the Life and Work of Robert Johnson

During his career, Ainslie has become particularly tied to the life and work of late bluesman Robert Johnson, whose legend states that he sold his soul to the devil at a Mississippi crossroads. Ainslie was recently part of the official centennial celebration of Johnson’s birth, serving on a discussion panel and playing at the event. Ainslie […]

Stephanie Mangino
The Winchester Star

Passionate, Knowledgeable, Engaging

What a passionate, knowledgeable, engaging instructor. Scott really helped break bad habits and instill the kind of right hand discipline necessary for playing this kind of music (Blues). I wish I had had him around when I first picked up the guitar.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Brilliant

A brilliant musician and wonderful person, Ainslie is informative, well-prepared, and very encouraging. Class was great.

Student Evaluation
Swannanoa Gathering

What A Teacher!

Excellent – what a teacher! In addition to wonderful singer, guitar player, etc. he genuinely cares about his class – each person. That is the feeling he exudes. And Scott has the ability to break things down into small, clear segments. I learned a mountain of new things this week!

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Exceptional Ability to Play & Teach

Ainslie has the exceptional blend of ability to play and teach, with the willingness to do so. He gave me new physical abilities and tools to develop at home.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

Frighteningly Incisive

One of the finest musical instructors I’ve known. Scott’s suggestions to help improve guitar accompaniment in all our songs were frighteningly incisive and I was very pleased with it. This is a class I would take every year it is offered.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

He Is The Best!

I have been a student of Scott’s at Augusta and I think he is the best! Class is demanding, but the presentation is non-threatening and punctuated with good humor. Seeing his name on the staff list is what got me to come.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

The Heartbeat of the Blues Program

Scott is the heartbeat of the Blues program. A humble giant of the Blues who shares his soul in class. An excellent teacher and a superb human being. Class was great. Way more than I expected.

Student Evaluation
The Swannanoa Gathering

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