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Mini-MOO Concert & Workshop

Friday, April 21 Concert   &  Saturday, April 22 Workshop

Scott Ainslie has been a musician all his life.  He came of age during the Civil Rights era, and cultivated a powerful affinity for cross-cultural exchange. He has studied with elder musicians on both sides of the color line – in the Old-Time Southern Appalachian fiddle and banjo traditions, as well as Black Gospel and Blues. He plays this music with affection, authority, and power.

On stage, in educational teaching concerts, workshops, and school residencies, Ainslie explores the African and European roots of American music and culture. His easy, conversational way with audiences and cross-disciplinary approach to the music consistently garners rave reviews from presenters, audiences, students, and teachers, alike.  

He is a masterful and thoughtful historian, storyteller, and musician.

Need a slide?

See Scott's notes on choosing a slide:

A couple of websites for the slides mentioned in Scott's notes are here:

Questions?   Write to Scott at:


                                                                        -OR_Call/Text:   *414.916.7004*

CONCERT-ONLY                   $20 Suggested

Doors Open at 7:00 PM

Walk-Ins Welcome

WORKSHOP-ONLY               $35



Payments accepted with cash, checks or online via PayPal

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WORKSHOP - Introduction to Basic Slide Techniques   10:00 AM-12:00 PM            


"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 ny player, in any tuning. Once we've established the basics, we'll move into 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 the 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 development of several types of vibrato will 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, Rober Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt will be featured, as well as my own arrangements. Bring a slide that fits snuggly on your little finger."
                                                                                                            Scott Ainslie

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