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June 17, 2010 | Hannes Coetzee, Tea Spoon Slide Guitar

HannesCoetzee.jpgWe've always been intrigued by musicians who take a novel approach to playing an instrument and make beautiful music with their unconventional techniques. Such is the case with mild mannered Hannes Coetzee of Herbertsdale, South Africa. The 62 year-old taps native aloes from the trees for his livelihood, and taught himself how to play guitar this way in the off season.

With right hand he picks up and pinches the strings and adds the slide teaspoon to his left hand technique. It's interesting to listen to, not unpleasant at all. If you weren't actually watching it, you'd be easily convinced more than one musician was playing at the same time.

Maybe Evan Marshall could add a spoon to his duo style mandolin mastery...

View video: Hannes Coetzee, Tea Spoon Slide Guitar

Posted by Ted at June 17, 2010 7:39 AM

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