The bouzouki (Greek μπουζούκι ) is a lute instrument ( shells - necked lute ), which mainly is used in the Greek music. The so-called Irish bouzouki is, however, a cittern from the family of Box - necked lutes and has little in common with the bouzouki.

Design and use

The Bouzouki is a long-necked lute with a pear-shaped body, which is manufactured after 1910 similar to the mandolin of chips. Earlier instruments were carved from a block of wood as the saz. The bouzouki is provided with three or four double strings made of metal, which in the mood dd' -aa- Ð'Ð ', gg' -aa- Ð'Ð ' aa ' ee a'a ' or cc' - are FF ' aa- Ð'Ð ' to be found. Related to it is the ancient Greek and the Turkish saz drum. It is the most important solo instrument in the Greek rebetiko style of music.

A miniature version of the three-string bouzouki is the Baglamas and Tzouras.

The first audio recording of a bouzouki made ​​the linguist Wilhelm Doegen 1917 in a POW camp Greek soldiers in Görlitz. One of the first recordings of a bouzouki in Greece made ​​Giorgos Manetas 1931/32 with the song Ta dustixa tou manga.

The folk music instrument is invaded by Nana Simopoulos also into jazz.

Bouzouki virtuoso

  • Manolis Chiotis (1920-1970)
  • Charis Lemonopoulos
  • Dimitris Stergiou
  • Kostas Papadopoulos
  • Lakis Karnezis
  • Vassilis Tsitsanis (1917-1984)
  • Yannis Papaioannou (1914-1972)
  • Giorgos Mitsakis
  • Kostas Kaplanis
  • Giorgos Tsimbides
  • Giorgos Zambetas (1925-1992)
  • Markos Vamvakaris (1905-1972)
  • Yiannis Halkias
  • Minas Tsoykanis
  • Georgios Karagiorgos
  • Manolis Karantinis
  • Christos Nikolopoulos

Pictures of Bouzouki