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Lonnie Pitchford
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Diddley bow on Pitchford's stone. The homemade variety consists of a single string of bailing wire tensioned between two nails on a piece of wood; a glass bottle or metal can serves as both a bridge and a resonator. It is played by plucking the string with one hand while using a metal or glass slide (a coin will work) in the other to vary the pitch. In the Deep South it was considered a beginner's instrument, with those proving proficient graduating to guitar, but Pitchford pioneered in making mature music with it.
Added by: Jeff Buchwald
11/06/2000
 
 

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