Guitar Students: Testimonials
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
“Scott isn’t pretending to be a black bluesman. But the way he tells the stories of the people who made those songs, lets him present those songs in the voices of the people who wrote them. And also, his right hand is from Krypton. Y’know? His left hand and voice are great, but they’re from […]
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 […]
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.
Ainslie is one of the most important cultural protagonists of the old blues and Southern musical traditions.
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 […]
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
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 […]
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.
Ainslie has the exceptional blend of ability to play and teach, with the willingness to do so.
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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.
A brilliant musician and wonderful person, Ainslie is informative, well-prepared, and very encouraging. Class was great.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.