Bouzouki

 

This is the old traditional Greek bouzouki with three double strings. The tuning of the instrument is that of ( D-A-D ) of which the low set is tuned in octaves and the other two sets are tuned in unison. Bouzouki is an instrument of the lute family with long neck, and it has evolved from the tamboura. The transitional period which altered morphologically the instrument from it's predecessor, to my opinion, was around the mid 1800's, where the first organised workshops started to appear in the big cities of Greece, Athens, Thessalonica etc. One family of makers is has been recorded to have started their business in Athens in 1854. I believe that workshops of that period were very much influenced by the Italian school of musical instrument making, and as such the new form of the bouzouki appears to be very close in construction, to that of the mandolin. In the beginning of the 1900's Greek traditional music began to get influenced by Western European music and as such the bouzouki was adopted to the Equally Tempered scale and has remained as such to the present day. The three double string bouzouki became very popular in Greece around the first decade of the 20th century, with the music phenomenon called ( Rebetiko music ).

 
 
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