did a search for bouzouki & was supprised when nothing came up so thought i'd start it off.

If there are any bouzouki or GDAD octave mandolin players out there it would be great to start a thread.


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Hi, I play bouzouki but mostly use ADAE tuning. That is my preference for accompaniment.

Do you have octvae-tuned strings on your instrument like I do, Patrick? I find it a nice, easy tuning all round.



Patrick Cummins said:

Hi, I play bouzouki but mostly use ADAE tuning. That is my preference for accompaniment.
I'm a ADAD player who has been tinkering with the Bouzouki for 9 years.  I play a Trinity College zouk but dream of upgrading.
Great to see so many bouzouki players out there! Interesting so see all the different tunings & reasons why - I probably stumbled on GDAD due to picking up the excellent Zan McLeod DVD as the only instruction I could find. No regrets though!

Welcome on board Lawrie. If you go to the Members tab, press the Advanced Search button and the click the drop down menu for Country you can simply pick Australia. This shows all the Australian members, about 13 at the moment and growing. Its early days at the moment but over time as the word gets out we will no doubt grow our membership in your fine Country.

Hello!  I'm brand new to this site, and only slightly more experienced on the bouzouki (GDAD, rhythm only).  I bought a used Celtic Star (hey, the price was right) back in September, and use it in my trad trio.  I normally play harp, and was playing guitar, but have replaced my guitar playing with bouzouki.

Our band recorded a CD in November and I actually played it on two tracks. Not that I'd let you lot hear that, but it wasn't too bad.

Hi, fellow 'zouk' players!  I'm new to TradConnect, and when I was checking out groups, I searched the "Groups" section for bouzouki and found the CBOM group.  It's for players of the Cittern, Bouzouki, Octave mandolin and Mandolin family of instruments.  It's a moderated group; I'm waiting for admission myself.  Seems to be mainly mandolin players so far

Hello Gents & Ladies, Just joined up to Tradconnect and was excited to see the bouzouki forum. My lovely wife purchased a Luna Irish Bouzouki (American made) for me this past Christmas holiday. I shopped around for quite a while and was depressed to find the prices so high, but I did find the Luna to be affordable. I've been a musician for about 45 years, so I was aware that if I made the purchase I would later on want something better. But, for now, it serves the the purpose. This forum is very exciting and after reading through the postings, I've already learned quite a bit,....especially on the various ways of tuning. I started playing GDAE but after getting Zan McLeod's DVD, changed over to the GDAD. For me, it works just grand. I plan to visit this forum quite a bit in the future, as well as try some of your preferences and suggestions.

Hello Mats, I'm very happy you replied to my first message in this bouzouki forum (maybe not???). The ADAD tuning must have a strong "drone sound" (especially with the octave lower toned strings). I'll try it, but I'm still learning the chord positions using GDAD (and I'm learning it quite quickly). Is there a website for Mats Nordwall?  I would be interested in checking out his bouzoukis, although I probably won't be able to afford one for some time. I remember when I purchased a Sitar (from India). I love the "sympathetic strings" (13) that vibrate with the melody strings and cause that drone effect (like a buzzing sound). With the bouzouki that drone is still exciting to hear and I try to make the most of it when I play, prefering the modal chords. Your response is very much appreciated and I hope you can let me know if Mats Nordwell has a website. Of course, I would prefer to play and hear any instrument that I would buy. Do you have any YOUTUBE performance of you playing your bouzouki that I can listen to???? Also, anyone else "out there" that would care to respond???

Hey Mats, Thanks for the reply. I'll be sure to check out your videos. Also, I started a group here on Tradconnect for Bouzouki Players. I originally thought this "discussion" was a group. Now we have one of our own. Be sure to pass the word,....and while you're at it: JOIN!!!!!

Cheers, Danny

Hi Lawrie,

Sorry,....I am guilty of what I constantly tell my students that they should do,....but don't: "READ what you're looking at!!! Don't just skim over the words!!!" I did look through the groups section, but, alas, I skimmed over the CBOM listing ("What the heck is CBOM????") If I did READ it, I would have joined immediately. Hopefully, it won't be a competitive thing with the two groups. That said,....I will also join your group,......if you join mine ; ) !!!! Smile,....the world needs your sunshine!!! And so, fellow GDAD musicians find a link in their lives.


Hi Mats,

At the risk of being thought of as an "Obnoxious American", the website is not in English (????)!!!! The instruments LOOK beautiful. I'll have to trust your word that they are "quality". As I said before, I have to wait for when I can afford a new Bouzouki (my wife will make me sleep in the shed if I said I wanted to buy another Bouzouki!!!). Ahhh, the married life,.....it only gets better with age!!! Thanks again for the link.


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