Hannes Coetzee

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Hannes Coetzee
Birth name Hannes Coetzee
Born 1944
South Africa
Genres Blues
Occupation(s) Aloe Tapper
Instruments Guitar

Hannes Coetzee (born 1944) is a guitarist from the Karoo region in South Africa. He is mainly known for his unique playing technique using a spoon in his mouth to play slide guitar.[1] This playing technique is called 'optel and knyp', which roughly translates to "pick and pinch".[2] Coetzee reached a broader audience when David Kramer's documentary Karoo Kitaar Blues was released in 2003.


  1. ^ Stuijt, Adriana (6 December 2008). "Think you can play the guitar? Try a spoon...". DigitalJournal.com. Retrieved 9 June 2010. 
  2. ^ Cutler, T. (2010). A Gentleman's Bedside Book: Entertainment for the Last Fifteen Minutes of the Day. Constable & Robinson Limited. ISBN 9781849018036. Retrieved 12 June 2015. 

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