How to Learn the Bouzouki – Mpouzouki
The bouzouki is a traditional Greek, stringed instrument similar to a mandolin. The bouzouki has a pear-shaped body, a long neck and is a member of the lute family. This instrument comes in two types: three-course (three pairs of strings) and four-course (four pairs of strings). The bouzouki is played with a plectrum (pick), creating the bouzouki’s metallic “twang” or “bark” sound. Although it may take years to master, you can learn the basics of the bouzouki in a few steps. Bouzoukispace Team..
How to Learn the Bouzouki
- Step 1
Tune the four-course bouzouki starting with the first set of strings (closest to the top of the instrument). Tune the strings to D, A, F and C, using your tuner. If you are using a three-course bouzouki, tune the strings to D, A and D.
- Step 2
Form chords on the bouzouki with one hand on the neck of the instrument. Form the chords that you would normally play on the first four strings of the guitar. These will work on the four-course bouzouki. The three-course bouzouki uses a unique chord structure, which you can learn from specific bouzouki learning materials and/or teachers.
- Step 3
Hold the plectrum between the thumb and index finger of your other hand. Use an up and down picking pattern to play the notes.
- Step 4
Find a bouzouki teacher. Studying with a teacher, along with regular practice, will improve your playing. If possible, record your teacher’s playing. Play back this recording at a slower speed, if possible, to make sure you are playing the right notes.
- Step 5
Use instructional audio recordings and internet videos to further your ability on the bouzouki. Many music stores and Internet sites offer these materials. In addition, there are several videos on YouTube and Bouzoukispace that feature bouzouki-playing. Watch these videos and study the techniques bouzouki players use to play this instrument.