Siege of Sevastopol

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SIEGE OF SEVASTOPOL. AKA – “Vastapol,” “Vestapol.” Old Time. The tune, well known in the American south as a guitar solo, is "a mood piece found in 19th century instructors for parlor guitar” (Mark Wilson), and takes its name from an incident in the Crimean War. The guitar was tuned in open tuning and was sometimes played with drum effects induced by taping or knocking the belly of the instrument. In the southern tradition the title is often found corrupted as “Veastapol” or “Vestapol,” and sometimes the open tuning was referred to as Vestapol tuning. It was recorded by country blues guitarist Elizbeth Cotton and others.

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