Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Biblioteca de la Guitarra y Cuerda Pulsada

Ragtime and the guitar

 

His name was Arthur Blake, or maybe it was Arthur Phelps. He might have been from Jacksonville, Florida or perhaps from the Sea Islands of Georgia. Whoever he was, and wherever he was from, the guitarist who would be known professionally as Blind Blake made history in 1926 when he sat down in a Grafton, Wisconsin recording studio and ripped through a guitar rag called “West Coast Blues.” The “B” side to the first of many Blind Blake hits, “West Coast Blues” was the first recording of Piedmont style ragtime guitar – a complex syncopated style of fingerpicking, which through recordings by Blake and contemporaries such as Blind Willie McTell, Reverend Gary Davis and Blind Boy Fuller, represents a high point of American guitar...

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