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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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Latest Activity: Nov 27, 2019

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Show your zouk!!

Started by Toon van den Boogaard. Last reply by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez Jun 13, 2017. 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

Bouzouki help!

Started by Gerard O ' Connor Nov 29, 2015. 0 Replies

Hi all.Can someone point me in the right direction on where to buy a new or good quality second hand zouk. I'm based in the kildare area but willing to travel.Iv owned a very poor quality piece for…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

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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

Comment by Bill Troxler on March 27, 2015 at 13:14
Hi Liam,
Glad to hear that you are interested in Nikos' Instruments and VERY pleased to have been of some help to you. No matter what you decide, please post your decision here and let us know your thoughts about the instrument you select. That knowledge will benefit everyone. Best of luck to you in this important decision.

Bill
Comment by Liam Caulfield on March 27, 2015 at 12:39
Thank Bill, John & Danny!...lots of info!..I've been all over niko apollonio's website for the past 24 hours & I plan on contacting him soon. He sure does make some beautiful instruments & he's definitely worth talking to.
Thanks again!
-Liam
Comment by Bill Troxler on March 26, 2015 at 19:03

Thanks, Danny for the advice and the heads-up about the speed traps.  Just might be worth the drive to visit Nik and see these sites.  I worked near Boston briefly and did a year of grad work at UMass out in the Western part of the State.  Beautiful out there.  Now I live on a small  island four miles off the coast of Virginia.  A very cool place to be.  And from our dock we can watch the rocket launches at NASA/Wallops Island.  

Comment by Dhomhnaill A. Lopez on March 26, 2015 at 18:30

Bill. If you're going up Rte 1 to Rockport, Maine, you might also enjoy stopping at Rockport, Massachusetts (also accessible from Rte 1), just north of Salem. Both Rockports have a sea side charm that warms the heart, although the Mass. Rockport is a little more "touristy" (is that a word???). Great Seafood!!! Some towns in Mass are "dry towns" (no alcohol sales: NO beer, NO wine NO hard stuff, but you might be able to BYOB into a restaurant). Might be reason for a cooler in the trunk. Also, if you're off the Interstate, some towns have ridiculous "speed traps" (45mph to a quick 15mph, with Deputy Barney Fife a-sittin' 'n a-waitin', pen in hand and to the paper before he even gets to your car!!!). Ye gotta love New England.

Comment by Bill Troxler on March 26, 2015 at 17:34

Danny, your description of Rockport, Maine has got me thinking about a drive up there to see Nik.  The place sounds charming!  Thanks for the wonderful description.

Bill

Comment by Bill Troxler on March 26, 2015 at 17:32

WOW, John, a double top of cedar and spruce.  Man, that instrument most have a stunning voice.

My zouk's soundboard is New England Red Spruce.  A very nice voice for the instrument.  My cittern made by Nik has a Western Red Cedar soundboard.  A more mellow tone but still with great clarity on the high end

Here's an image of my cittern built by Nik.    He calls it a "bell shape".  I told him it looked more like a coal shovel to me.  But he said he couldn't sell a coal shovel.   The shape provides very nice low tone voicing.  It's the shape he's used for some of  Gordon Bok's instruments and  some of Paul Stookey's too.  Unusual, but it works.

Bill

 
 
 

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