Tzouras

Name: Tzouras.
Type: Chordophones > Lutes.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.312.6
Country: Greece.
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.

Tzouras Tunings
In Greek Courses Tunings
Trikordia 6 string 3 courses D A D
Trikordia 6 string 3 courses D G D
Tetrakordia 8 string 4 course  C F A D
Tetrakordia 8 string 4 course D G B E
Tetrakordia 8 string 4 course A D A D

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