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Bouzouki Players

Group of Bouzouki players willing to share knowledge, tips, playing styles, tuning variations, builders, etc. Also, download performances, sessions, solos, etc.

Members: 50
Latest Activity: Feb 27

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Nyberg Bouzouki

Started by Liam Caulfield. Last reply by Liam Caulfield Mar 15, 2016. 8 Replies

Hello Everyone,I hope you are all enjoying 2016!  I wanted to know if anyone in this group owns or has played a Lawrence Nyberg bouzouki.  I've been looking to upgrade from the cheap Luna that I've…Continue

Show your zouk!!

Started by Toon van den Boogaard. Last reply by Christopher Selby Sep 8, 2015. 5 Replies

It's been quiet on this forum, and since the lousy weather seems to continue for all eternity, I take it upon my to ask about the instruments you play (concentrated on the bouzouki of course, but not…Continue

Upgrading My Bouzouki World

Started by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez. Last reply by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez May 26, 2015. 13 Replies

It's coming on two years since purchasing my present bouzouki (It was a gift from my wife, actually). As always happens, after time passes we all have a tendency to want "something better". Some of…Continue

The Blacksmith

Started by Eoin Murphy. Last reply by Liam Caulfield Feb 25, 2013. 3 Replies

Has anyone got a decent tab or tutorial for Donal Lunnys part for The Blacksmith?Continue

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Comment by Liam Caulfield on January 7, 2017 at 3:34

Happy New Year!  Hope all is well with all in the group.  

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on March 31, 2016 at 13:10

Welcome, Jack Morrissey. Now that you're here take some time to browse through our Comment Wall, Discussion Forum, Links & Bouzouki Info Page, as well as our Members. Leave a few words about yourself so folks can get to know who you are. Drop a tune or two if you can. Hope to hear and read from you soon. Cheers,

Danny

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on March 8, 2016 at 17:53

Welcome, Steve Colby, to our group. Please take some time to explore our group's pages, as well as our members (just click on any icon/picture under members section). We're very glad to have you onboard. Feel free to give us all a brief description of yourself, your instruments, your music. Start a discussion, ask a question, have fun with what's here. Hope to hear/read from you soon. Cheers,

Danny

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on February 19, 2016 at 13:21

Hi everyone. Let's extend a hearty welcome to two new members: Jim Q, hailing from Stockport, Dublin, and Dave Bagdade, who calls Indianapolis, Indiana his home. We've got the world covered by our members. Hopefully, we'll get a chance to meet our latest with some words posted here on our Comment Wall.

Jim! Dave! Take some time to post a few words about yourselves, your instruments, your music, or whatever tickles your fancy. Again, welcome to our group of illustrious members. Hope to hear/read from you soon. Cheers,

Danny

Comment by John Mullen on May 25, 2015 at 18:53

R.E.: Thrashing

Hi all. Danny, thanks for re-posting as I wasn't a member in '11. Don't know if you will see this reply or not, but I agree, mostly, with Dick's opinions. At our local, there is an alpha guitar accomanist or two and I always try to create a different voice, usually using the capo to play in a different timbre. The zouk really can't and shouldn't compete with a large body guitar. They have so much more bottom and volume. Also Alec, Mick, et al play a three course zouk and that requires a different playing style altogether. I enjoy the more subtle possibilities on the zouk and that is why I took it up. "Thrashing" or basically strumming vigorously really isn't the zouk's strongest suit IMO. 

I think Dick reacts to the various styles of play much the same as I do. I sometimes find Donal's approach to be heavier than necessary but I've also seen him do many tasty things. Sometimes it's appropriate in larger sessions to 'drive it' but I much prefer cross picking and other patterns to differentiate from the guitar backers, and also not make my zouk redundant.

There are some wonderful 4 course players... Paddy Kerr and of course Eoin O'Neill come to mind. I'll have the good fortune while in Ireland this summer to meet up with Eoin for some instruction. I don't know if this will work or is appropriate, but here is a link to a youtube video shot a couple of years ago of my backing a friend on fiddle. Reactions welcome. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf4zbxwyp-8

Thanks for listening everyone...

Cheers,

John

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 25, 2015 at 14:51

Christopher,...that's admirable and commendable. I'm sure that we would love to join you and enjoy your journey,....even if it's just us being on the sidelines cheering you on. Don't know if that's something you'd want share, but speaking for meself, I'd love to hear all about it. I think it's really cool and would love to live vicariously through your experience. Best of luck,

Danny

Comment by Christopher Selby on May 25, 2015 at 10:59

Afraid I can't call myself a luthier, as I've not yet built an instrument and have done little more than minor fixes on old instruments. However I am learning so that eventually that will be.

First I am putting together both an A5 mandolin and an H5 mandola with partially finished parts obtained from here  http://siminoff.net/mandolin-mandola-kits/ . I am using this as an opportunity to learn the basic aspects of construction and to learn the art of "tap tuning" , which is explained on the aforementioned website. After I successfully put together each of these, I am going to jump into building an instrument from scratch.

I have been carefully studying a few texts on the subject, most notably Graham McDonald's books on bouzouki, cittern, and mandolin construction. I have all of the necessary tools, amd have bought a few plans for octave mandolin and bouzouki construction. My father (who is very skilled with woodworking) retires in 60 days and is going to assist me with the construction.

I do not expect to churn out an excellent instrument the first time. I want it to be a learning experience so I can learn from and take note of any mistakes I make, so that eventually down the road I'll be able to produce something nicer. I'll document the experience, but I can't guarantee that the first ones won't turn out to be flops!

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 25, 2015 at 8:52

Follow and add to the great discussion:  http://tradconnect.com/forum/topics/to-thrash-or-not-to-thrash-iris... , posted by the Great TC Member Dick Glasgow, July 22nd, 2011. Still relevant great stuff.

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 25, 2015 at 8:45

Hi Christopher. With your last statement is it safe to assume that you have luthier experience??? If YOU are building that 25 inch scale cittern I know that I,...and probably some of our members,....would be very interested in the "build". If not, I still think folks would be eager to know the particulars anyway: materials, prep, details, etc. This is VERY exciting!!! You've got a lot happening with your expected receipt of your Stuart 10 string delivery, as well as this upcoming cittern project. If you have the time, PLEASE keep us all posted. I think it would be fascinating for our members to follow your progress and may create some interesting comments and questions. Cheers and good health to you, mate. Anxious to read your next posting(s).

Danny

Comment by Christopher Selby on May 25, 2015 at 1:30

Yes John, Davy Stuart is the maker! So far he has been an absolute pleasure to work with, and has answered and asked many questions to make sure every detail is right. He really goes the extra mile to ensure that he knows exactly what the customer wants. We are going for a deep boomy woody sounding low end, with full mid-range and a little bit of zing to the high end.

And Dhomhnaill, I actually tune mostly GDAEA right now, as I primarily play a Gibson A2 mandolin and I like to keep the tuning similar between the stringed instruments I play. However, I am transitioning to GDADA tuning. I primarily play melody, but I think GDADA would be a well rounded tuning for both melody playing and the occasional accompaniment.  Really only the body of it is huge, as I am going with a 21 inch scale length. I am making preparations to build a 25 inch scale length cittern myself, however, with DGDAD tuning in mind.

I just got a nice microphone, so I'll try and post a recording once the cittern arrives and I get accustomed to it!

 
 
 

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