Bouzouki

Name: Bouzouki.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Greece.
Region: South East Europe.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Luthier: Manolis Paraskeyas.
Acquisition Source: Paul Kikuris, Bouzouki.org

Description: Bouzouki (in Greek: μπουζούκι pronounced [buˈzuci] plural bouzoukia Greek; μπουζούκια). Originally introduced into Greece during the 1900’s, by Greek Immigrants from Asia Minor. Outside of Rebetika the bouzouki enjoys popularity in Irish music since the 1960s. The instrument is played with a plectrum and has a sharp metallic sound. There are two main types of bouzouki: the trichordo (three-course) has three pairs of strings (known as courses) and the tetrachordo (four-course) has four pairs of strings.

NameString CourseTuning
Trichordia3 string [6 courses]Dd Aa Dd
Tetrachordia8 string [4 courses]Cc Ff Aa Dd
Irish8 string [4 courses]Gd Dd Aa Ee

Citations: Songs Of The Greek Underworld by Elias Petrapoulas, The Rebetika Tradition. Translated from Greek by Ed Emery IBSN 0 86356 368 6 Saqi Books, 26 Westbourne Grove London W2 5RH.