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3 Acoustic Slide Riffs You Must Know - Part 3

Dark Was The Night, Cold Was The Ground - Blind Willie Johnson

Based on hymn that was popular in the south at that time, this song since has become a staple among slide guitarists. Using the alternating bass technique with the thumb and playing the melody with the slide, Johnson adds his harrowing vocal on top to complete the sound.

In 1977, the song was sent to space for the Voyager missions, to represent loneliness on Earth.

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