Blues Origins: Spanish Fandango and Sebastopol

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    …tune ’fore I heard it on the record. I learned it from Son House.” Muddy added that he picked up his bottleneck style from Son House, and described the three tunings he played in as the “natural,” “straight E” (a variation of Vastopol) and “Spanish.” (In the photo at right, Muddy is seen in Clarksdale circa 1942, clutching a comp pressing of his first 78.) In the 1950s, another Delta-bred, Chicago-based blues guitarist, Elmore James, used an open…

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