Johnny Shines: The Complete 1989 Living Blues Interview

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    …at chord. He’d just pick up a guitar and make it. Would you keep your guitars in an open tuning? Regular tuning, most time. Even for slide? No. We’d tune them in open G or open A for bottleneck. Open D, E. Open A was called Vastopol. [For more on the origin of these tunings, see Blues Origins: "Spanish Fandango" and "Vastopol" .] What advice would you give someone who wants to learn to play slide, especially on acoustic? What are the important…

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