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Scott Ainslie: Slide Guitar Workshop

January 4, 2020 @ 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM

About the Workshop:

I’ve been teaching slide guitar for more than twenty years. Last spring, I envisioned reversing the order in which I teach the skill sets necessary to control the slide and the magnificent sounds it can make.

We’ll begin in standard tuning, playing one string at a time, and focusing on five basic right and left hand techniques that will open slide guitar to any player, in any tuning. Once we’ve established the basics, we’ll move to open tunings. When we’re done, you’ll have and understand the keys to the kingdom of slide guitar.

Even if you currently play some slide guitar, this review of basics and exploration will be useful. This course is recommended for anyone considering the “Guitar Techniques of Robert Johnson.”

Hand and guitar posture, controlled slide movement, getting a decent tone and developing several types of vibrato will all be covered as we proceed through slide in different tunings and take a look at strategies for solo and ensemble slide playing in standard tuning, too.

The music of Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt as well as my arrangements will be featured. Bring a slide that fits snuggly on your little finger.  See Scott‘s notes on choosing a slide.(http://cattailmusic.com/choosing-a-slide/)

Open-G, D, A, E, and C tunings all have certain chord shapes in common: once you’ve learned one of them, you’re sort of learned them all. We’ll have a look at these tunings and explore the fingerboard and harmony while looking at the blues, among other things.

About Scott Ainslie:

Scott Ainslie is a traditional acoustic Blues singer, guitarist, historian and songwriter with personal roots in the Civil Rights era and a great affection for cross-cultural exchange. He is a powerful musician, a fine singer, and a masterful storyteller. A musician all his life, Ainslie took up guitar at age 15 about five weeks after hearing Virginia Bluesman John Jackson play a couple of songs in the middle of one of Mike Seeger’s concerts in Alexandria, VA in 1967. A Phi Beta Kappa and honors graduate of Washington & Lee University, Ainslie also studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as with black Gospel and Blues musicians.

Ticket Prices & Info:

All Tickets Are General Admission
Concert and Workshop: $50    Just Workshop: $40

Tickets may be purchased in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours.


Where are you located?

We are located in downtown Berryville, Virginia between the Rose Hill Park and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library. View Map & Directions »

Where do I park & is it free?

Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library / Barns of Rose Hill parking lot. View Map & Directions For Details »


January 4, 2020
1:00 PM - 3:30 PM
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Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States
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