Tzouras

Name: Tzouras.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Country: Greece.
Region: South Eastern Europe > Mediterranean.
Acquisition Date: 1998.
Acquisition Source: Lark In The Morning, Pike Market, Seattle, Washington USA.

Description: The tzouras is a smaller sized lute then its bouzouki counterpart. It is played in Rebetika often as a solo or lead instrument. As with bouzouki both the trikordia [six stringed] tetracordia [eight stringed] are available. Frets are arranged in the chromatic 12 tone system divided per semitone.

Tuning: For the Trikordia [six stringed] the tuning Dd Aa Dd would be used although alternate tunings are easily adaptable on this instrument. For the tetrakordia [eight stringed] instrument one could use the bouzouki tuning Cc Ff Aa Dd or Dd Gg Bb Ee a whole tone above [optional].

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