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 exclusively).

I give it a first go and see how it goes from there.

I play a longscale fylde Archtop bouzouki. I picked it up about 9 years ago when I helped a friend move to Ireland. I can' t really recall what place it was, but it may come to me on a later date.

I fixed it with a B-Band passive pick-up, when i played with the dutch band Fling.

It plays and sounds very nice. Since it is the longscale it has a large body and therefore a huge sound.

It's a bit harder to play with the capo over the 5th fred though. I might do some tweaking in the near future.

I also play guitar (Taylor 410CE), Tenor Banjo (1926 Vega pro), a bit of Wooden Flute (by Eugene Lambe), Piano and double bass.

I try and attach a photo of the zouk. It'a lousy picture which I took to send to Roger Bucknall (Fylde guitars) to see if I could upgrade the tailpiece to a more sturdy brass piece.

Anyway, I hope you all share your instruments and tell what you like about it and what are the flaws you encountered playing it.

Hope to hear from you..

Toon

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Okay, so I posted this when I got it but here she is again. A custom built Kevin Muiderman guizouki. 10-string tuned DADGD. K&K trinity pickup system with rack mount pre-amp. Pics attached

I also have a Davy Stuart ZX10 10-string bouzouki tuned similarly and a OX10 cittern tuned GDAEA. Pic attached

For guitar I have a Taylor 414CE and my beloved 1987 (pre-fender) Guild D25 as well as assorted Takemine and Washburn.

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Wow, lovely stuff, Michael.

That's quite an assortment of stringed goodies.

Hey guys. That Michael sure does love his new "guizouki"!!! And his Davy Stuart ZX10 is nothing to sneeze at!!!

Me??? I still have my Luna Trinity Bouzouki (see "icon photo" on group home page,...with spinning wheel) although I'm saving up for a Davy Stuart myself,....but by the time I have enough money for a purchase I'll have to see what's available then,...years from now. Unless, Good Hearted Michael, that generous, talented,...not to mention good looking lady-killer,.... wishes to gift me his ZX10 (I'll pay for the shipping)!!! };^)

Then there's my baby, my Taylor "GA12". (see my profile page for all that I've got,...had to sell my Gibson Epiphone 6 string). But ye know, once you have something there's always something better out there to wish for and drool over. Gotta win the lottery!!! Maybe then,....... Oh well!!

Cheers,

 Danny

LOL!! Domhnaill, you'd never know, we might strike a deal! After all, as my sainted mother was wont to say, "you can opnly play one at a time..." For you and me both, a lottery win would be grand!! Actually lots of grand...

;)

I had to load the cittern pic to my photos page as it wouldn't load in the messaging system.

Looking forwarad to a trip home to Westport in August!! There will be tunes...

 

Later,

 

Mick

Thought I made a reply, but I must have done away with it again when I went to edit. In any case, this is my primary CBOM, a large-bodied 10 string by Davy Stuart (who seems to be quite popular here!), which I received around a month ago . No negatives to speak of, as Davy delivered exactly the sound and playability I'd requested. It has a walnut body with Engelmann spruce for the top. It's quite loud and has tremendous sustain, certainly more than I'd expected with a 21" scale length instrument. Very strong, deep, woody bass and ringing highs, but without coming across as muddy.  

I have it tuned in unisons to GDADA, and I play 95% melody, though it chords quite nicely too, and works well for counterpoint. It has a very fast slim neck, and a 17" fretboard radius, which makes it very comfortable to play. It is very resonant and responsive, though Davy told me that after it is played more and opens up it should be even moreso. It's quite difficult to find a short scale instrument with the sound properties this cittern has. I think it is tonally very unique sounding, even in comparison to some of Davy's other instruments that I have heard. He's definitely up there with the best of the best, and is able to work with the customer's specifications. I just put some Thomastik Spectrums on it last night, which really compliments its sound quite nicely, and brings out even more resonance and complexity.

I also have a wide variety of waldzithers and mandolins, which I have photos of on my page... and might have a Greek bouzouki later in the month, as I wanted to try out something with a very long scale length to help me decide on the length of my next Stuart, which is going to be a longer scaled version of this one, with an extra lower course rather than higher.

This is my "BouGi" my own design for a Bouzouki-Guitar, the size is Jumbo, the under special cut is used as inbuild stand, mady by a very enthusiastic maker from Germany

Pictures of the BouGi

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I think the Irish Bouzouki's popularity has waned a bit over the years. I used to attend the Zoukfest gathering in New Mexico from time to time but that's been abandoned and the bouzouki workshops along with it. Youtube is a good source and there are very good instructional books and videos available now which are very helpful to the newcomer and veteran alike. I teach the instrument now out of my home but there isn't much demand. I love its unique character and tonal qualities. I don't restrict myself to only celtic music but dabble in nautical, contemporary, classical, folk....you name it. I bought my 2nd zouk from Graham McDonald in the late 1990's and it's been my favored instrument for some time now. I tried a Herb Taylor zouk years ago but the bracing didn't adequately support the arch top and it warped. It was fixed but never the same at least aesthetically . I sold it a few years ago.

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Hey Toon. Great to hear from you. Your longscale Fylde Archtop looks beautiful. Keep us posted on your upgrade of your tailpiece. If you can, put the website for Fylde up here for other members to access.

Me?? Still have the Luna Zouk, Baby Martin 6 string and my Taylor 12 string. I can get some sweet sounds from my Luna, but I'm afraid to go "Zouk" shopping. Still being no where near able to afford a new one, I'm afraid if I were to pick up (to try out) one that is better than mine, I'd suffer pangs of jealousy and a unbearable depression.

My wife and I just relocated to Manchester, New Jersey, USA. I've scoured the internet looking for local places that may have seisuins. Most places that may have "Trad Irish Music" are more likely to have a mixture of music (Folk, Bluegrass, Americana, Pop, etc.), which can be fun, but shouldn't be called a Trad Seisiun,....kind of like Rhode Island was (where we relocated from). Oh well. I'm still playing along with CDs and YouTube stuff, but miss the interaction with other musicians. Me and the Mrs. went to a local Irish club, hoping to find SOME musicians, but the majority of folks there were only interested in raising money for social events (dances, ice cream socials and the like), and their "Irish" musical knowledge went no further than "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling". I know,...I sound a bit snobbish, but that's how it is. Any other places are too far to travel to,...meaning, they're there, but not very practical to get to.

Anyway, thanks for responding to my email. Next time you're out there playing, drink a pint for me. Slainte,

Danny

Hi Ulf-Michael. Hey Steve. Thanks for the quick replies to the email I sent out.

Ulf-Michael: That BouGi is phenomenal. I've never seen anything like it. The closest, recent thing I've seen was a six string banjo tuned like a guitar,...which kind of sucked. I used to own a five string banjo, traditionally tuned (from my Earl Scruggs/Bluegrass days). Took me a while to learn it because it was so different from a regular guitar. What tuning do you use on that unique beauty? How's the sound? I'm sure the size of it projects well. Maybe you can upload/download a bit of your playing. That would be great.

Steve: Loved the pictures. Especially the kilted wonder-boy in performance (smile). Whenever I wear my kilt I'm hit with a barrage of weird questions,...which usually make me smile. Sad to hear about the decline of interest in the Bouzouki that you've experienced. I agree that the sound of a Zouk is mesmerizing. For me, it's a special go-to instrument that's very different from my guitars. You mentioned YouTube and instructional books and videos in your post. Care to share with us??? That would also be great.

Well guys, glad to hear from you both and would love to hear from you again. Also, my previously posted comment to Toon was an error. Didn't realize I was responding to his original discussion post from 2013. See what happens when you get old. Slainte,

Danny



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Hi Ulf-Michael. Hey Steve. Thanks for the quick replies to the email I sent out.

Ulf-Michael: That BouGi is phenomenal. I've never seen anything like it. The closest, recent thing I've seen was a six string banjo tuned like a guitar,...which kind of sucked. I used to own a five string banjo, traditionally tuned (from my Earl Scruggs/Bluegrass days). Took me a while to learn it because it was so different from a regular guitar. What tuning do you use on that unique beauty? How's the sound? I'm sure the size of it projects well. Maybe you can upload/download a bit of your playing. That would be great.

Steve: Loved the pictures. Especially the kilted wonder-boy in performance (smile). Whenever I wear my kilt I'm hit with a barrage of weird questions,...which usually make me smile. Sad to hear about the decline of interest in the Bouzouki that you've experienced. I agree that the sound of a Zouk is mesmerizing. For me, it's a special go-to instrument that's very different from my guitars. You mentioned YouTube and instructional books and videos in your post. Care to share with us??? That would also be great.

Well guys, glad to hear from you both and would love to hear from you again. Also, my previously posted comment to Toon was an error. Didn't realize I was responding to his original discussion post from 2013. See what happens when you get old. Slainte,

Danny

As for as some of my favorite youtube zouk videos here is a list:

1) Of course, anything by Andy Irvine. He is a delightful man, very approachable and interested in seeing others tackle the instrument. I saw him at Zoukfest a few years ago and enjoyed his workshops and private chats. Donal Lunny ain't too shabby either and there are videos of them playing together (Plantxy)

2) I guy who goes by the handle, "tijnb43". Plays a tune called, "Escapade" which I love. I can't find any music anywhere so at some point I will tab it out myself.

4) "Doninique Riviere" - Plays GDAE but some lovely tune selections

5) "Osanu Kise" - Does a beautiful rendition of Bach Prelude.

6) "Tici Poppin" - Best rendition of, "Game of Thrones" for Irish Bouzouki

7) "Declain Plummer" - Quality Irish Bouzouki Instruction Series

8) Fernando Barraso - Brandenburg Concerto No3 in G Major - Bach

9) LSanterInstruments - I guy named, "Dave Cory", quality musicianship

10) Nandyfer - Christian Von Zala

11) Nigel Forster - Quality Irish Bouzouki Accompaniment

That's a good start!!!

As far as instruction books are concerned, I think the Irish Bouzouki book by Ralf Wackers is excellent. It was translated from German to English and there's a few flubs but that's easily overlooked due to fine content. I prefer GDAd as his book is mostly GDAE but it is still worth a look.

Roger Landes produced an instruction book through Hal Leonard which has some good stuff in it. Good coverage of accompaniment ideas rhythmically including chord substitution, harmonized chordal movement and counterpoint.

Andy McGann produced a nice book geared toward Octave Mandolin in GDAE but nice tune content.

Sometime I will forward some Irish Bouzouki Solo Tabs which I've created for my students. Examples would be: 1) The Foggy Dew 2) Mingulay Boat Song 3) Game of Thrones 4) Dunmore Lasses

Hello Mr. Colby. Glad you responded so quickly. Love the list (quite a variety). I will definitely spend some time looking for the eleven references you posted. If I'm able, I'll post the findings on our "Links Page" so other members could have access to them as well. Also looking forward to your "Solo Tabs" for your students (no pressure,....whenever you're able to post them). Your book references are also a welcomed treat. The very few books/DVDs I've found were very basic. That's not saying they were not useful, but they left me wanting more. Do you know where they can be found (online) for purchase?

I also tune to GDAD. Haven't really tried other tunings although I can see some benefits in doing so. Just don't want to get confused in a learned song by having to remember where my fingers should go. Anyway, thanks for the input. I only hope other members will be prompted and encouraged to participate and help this group grow,....not only in the number of members, but in the quality of being a good reference site. Slan go foil, my friend,

Danny

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