Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Specimen: 1 in collection.
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 than 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 Dd / Aa / Dd would be used although other tunings which can easily be adapted. 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].