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Froggy Bottom H-12 | "Hard Times"

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The guitarist and songwriter Scott Ainslie plays his arrangement of the Stephen Foster hit on a special Froggy Bottom H-12 guitar.

by Froggy Bottom Guitars
March 27, 2016

In this video, Scott Ainslie plays his arrangement of Stephen Foster's song "Hard Times Come Again No More" on a Froggy Bottom H-12 that features Madagascar rosewood back and sides, Adirondack spruce top, and mother-of-pearl inlay work by Glenn Carson. The H-12 has long been the most popular model in Froggy Bottom's line, with excellent range, volume, and tone. Scott is playing the guitar in open-D tuning (D A D F# A D), and he's using fingerpicks.

Scott is a traditional musician with expertise in Piedmont and Delta blues, as well as fiddle and banjo music  from the Appalachian region. Scott teaches privately and is an in-demand guitar instructor at workshops around the country. He also presents educational concerts in schools, teaching the African and European roots of Southern American music to students of all ages.

Foster wrote over 200 songs, including "Oh! Susanna," "Camptown Races," and "My Old Kentucky Home," and other popular hits of the day. "Hard Times Come Again No More" was first published in 1854, and was first recorded in 1905.


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