Bouzouki

Name: Bouzouki.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.312.6
Country: Greece.
Tuning: C / F / A / D
Region: South Europe & Mediterranean.
Specimen: 1 in collection.
Luthier: Manolis Paraskeyas.
Acquisition Source: Paul Kikuris, Bouzouki.org

Description: Bouzouki [in Greek: μπουζούκι pronounced in IPA: 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.

Tunings: The bouzouki is played with a plectrum, it has a clean, sharp metallic tone. There are two types of bouzouki; the trikordia being a 3 course 6 stringed lute that is tuned not unlike a saz D / A / D or D / G / D or tetrakordia; being an 4 course 8 stringed instrument. The trikordia is the original form of bouzouki. The tuning most commonly used as a standard is a reentrant C / F / A / D tuning that is measured a whole tone below D / G / B / E the four bottom strings of a guitar.

Bouzouki Tunings
Names Type Courses Tuning
Trikordia 3 course / 6 string D / A / D
Trikordia 3 course / 6 string D / G / D
Trikordia 3 course / 6 string D / A / E
Tetrakordia 4 course / 8 string C / G / A / D
Tetrakordia 4 course / 8 string A / D / A / D
Tetrakordia 4 course / 8 string G / D / G / D

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

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