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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.

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Show your zouk!!

Started by Toon van den Boogaard. Last reply by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez Jun 13. 12 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

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

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 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!

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 24, 2015 at 18:24

Hey Johnny-Boyee!!!! Memorial Day (here in the States) is another one of those love/hate holidays. It's great to celebrate (and mourn) the memories of our American Heros, great to have a three day weekend to party and eat and drink. Terrible to travel with crazy drivers and the ever vigilant police enforcing traffic laws. Just got home from the Poconos and glad to be here safe and sound.

As far as the discussion ( http://tradconnect.com/forum/topics/to-thrash-or-not-to-thrash-iris... ) I don't know if you can click on this Link to get there. If not, go to "Discussions" on the Main Page,...click on "All Discussions",...click on "General Discussions",...scroll down a few discussions and it should be there (Last Reply May 7th, 2015 so it should be near the top of the list). Very happy to hear/read from you, mate. Be safe. Cheers,

Danny

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 24, 2015 at 18:00

Hey Christopher S. I'm so happy you've decided to let us know you're still alive & well. That's some "Monster Zouk"!!!! Maybe ye should name it "GDADZILLA"!!! That picture really gives a good perspective of how HUGE that monster's gonna be. I'm so jealous!!!!,....but extremely happy and excited for you. Once ye get it in your hands, if you're able to, post a liitle bit of your music playing it so we can all hear the sound and jealousy hate you for your wonderful fortune };^) . Can't wait till ye do. Cheers & good luck with that "Pritty Thang"

Danny

Comment by John Mullen on May 24, 2015 at 16:20

Hi Danny. Happy Memorial day weekend, mate. Where can I find the "Thrash" article? Can you post a link at your convenience? Chris, I have played sessions in Ft. Myers, FL, US and one of the players has a Davey Stuart that sounds wonderful. Is Davey the maker of your new instrument. If so, it should be a 'winner.'

Comment by Christopher Selby on May 24, 2015 at 6:00

Hi all!

I've been a member of this group for awhile now, but seem to have forgot about tradconnect for awhile and have been browsing this group a bit.

I'm currently waiting on my next instrument, a large-bodied Stuart 10-stringer, which is going to be finished within a few weeks! Not sure it could be called a "zouk", but close enough, I think!  Here's one of the most recent pictures I received about a week ago.


Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 8, 2015 at 12:28

I just read a new posting to an old discussion here on TradConnect: "To Thrash or Not To Thrash,...That is the Question", posted by Dick Glasgow, July 22nd, 2011. Since it deals with Bouzouki playing style I encourage this group's members (especially our newer ones) to check it out. It was exciting for me to re-visit this discussion which addresses concerns that still holds true today: how to properly fit into a seisiun with subtlety & finesse. Please check it out and, if your willing to, add a comment or two. It's good stuff. Cheers,

Danny

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on May 7, 2015 at 11:13

Welcome Ivana. We're so happy you've decided to join our illustrious group of Bouzouki players and enthusiasts.  Our pages of comments and info are here for you to peruse at your convenience. Your request for a bouzouki player that's proficient in Greek music may be a challenge, since most folks here in this group are players of Traditional Irish Music,....and, as I'm sure you must be aware of, there's a big difference in how the instrument is played in both traditions. That's not to say that someone here may have some knowledge they may be able to pass onto you. First off, I would suggest that you check out YouTube for performances of both styles and make your own comparisons. There are some great performances of Greek music that may give you some food for thought. Also to consider are the differences of a Greek Bouzouki vs. an Irish Bouzouki in how it's built, how it sounds & how it's played. All in all, your adventure can begin here with this group. Check out our Members Links pages for luthiers, manufacturers, performances, etc. If you have any questions just ask in our Comment Wall and I'll do my best to help find you an answer, or at least, send you in the right direction. Also, you can drop us a line or two to introduce yourself to the members and maybe someone else can give you some input to consider. Whatever you do, enjoy yourself and make the most out of being a TradConnect member. Again, welcome. I hope to hear from you soon. Cheers,

Danny

 
 
 

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