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History of Slide Guitar

Slide guitar has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. Originating in the American South, it evolved from the use of glass or metal objects, like knives or bottles, slid across guitar strings. Early blues musicians, such as W.C. Handy, pioneered the technique in the early 20th century. The resonator guitar, popularized by artists like Son House and Robert Johnson in the 1930s, further shaped the slide guitar sound. Over time, it transcended blues, influencing genres like country, rock, and even jazz. Notable slide guitarists include Duane Allman, Ry Cooder, and Derek Trucks, who've each contributed to its diverse and enduring legacy.

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