NOTE: Full text of recent reviews are on my News page in categories: Concert Reviews and CD Reviews.
For our in-house outreaches, Scott Ainslie gave two 50-minute performances for K-8 students (with 300-400 students in each), and kept them engaged and interested the whole time. One parent who has come to many outreach events said that his was the best outreach she had ever been to at the Shannon Center. At the public… Read more “It Meant A Lot to Our Audience”
“Scott is the kind of musician they don’t make any more, in the mold of the late Pete Seeger – unpretentious, dead serious about his craft, dedicated to preserving traditional American music and instruments, unabashedly faithful to left-liberal values, and so versatile he can make you weep one moment over the story of a dying… Read more “Washington Post Review”
Ainslie’s rapport with the audience was keenly matched with his versatility, and the crowd was swept away on a musical journey through time and space, with constant reference to the genre’s roots in Africa. Steel, acoustic and “cigar box” guitars were hauled out, along with a banjo or two, as the history lesson (and entertainment)… Read more “Educational, Informative, and Charming”
Reviews of my work in Educational Settings
We are still reeling from the after-effects of your visit. I’ve heard nothing but positive comments from teachers and students who were lucky enough to witness first hand your demonstration and knowledge of the Blues. As for me, I learned way too much from you on the suject of the history of Blues and plan… Read more “We Are Still Reeling”
What worked about your show was that it was sophisticated but also intimate. These students identified with you, with your stories and your struggles, and I think this identification kept them engaged, open and so respectful of your work… And so, I write to give you the praise that we, as people, so rarely take… Read more “Sophisticated, But Also Intimate”
I have worked here for two years and have only seen a standing ovation by a middle school/high school audience one other time. This is simply an age group that rarely shows that type of emotional response in our setting. –The Arts Center, Carrboro, NC
Reviews from Guitar Students
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.
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.
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.