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Steeped in traditional music from both sides of the color line, Scott Ainslie is a renowned acoustic blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He learned southern old-time ballads, banjo and fiddle from senior musicians in North Carolina and West Virginia and blues from his black elders in North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina, Georgia and Mississippi: his roots are deep.

“My mother found me at the family piano picking out the melodies from the records she listened to during the day when I was three.

I’m one of the lucky ones: I’ve been a musician all my life”

– Scott Ainslie

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Mon 12

St. Landry Parish Schools, Acadiana Arts Center Residency

November 12 @ 8:00 am - November 13 @ 3:00 pm
Opelousas LA
Sat 17

Acoustic Blues/Slide Guitar Workshop-Duluth GA

November 17 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Duluth GA
Sat 17

Red Clay Music Foundry-Duluth GA

November 17 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Duluth GA
Fri 30

Sunapee Coffee House

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Sunapee NH

Acoustic Guitar Lesson - Robert Johnson Blues Lesson with Scott Ainslie - Part 1

Scott Ainslie demonstrates Robert Johnson-style slide playing in Open A tuning. This is part 1 of Ainslie's lesson in th…

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.  

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