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guitar bouzouki Nashville style. whats the secret?
Old 30th December 2018
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guitar bouzouki Nashville style. whats the secret?

I see bouzoiki s are credited on every country pop album. I remember someone said once that they tune them like guitars.

I have some questions.

1. Do you change to regular guitar strings and tune like a guitar?
2. It has only 4 strings, do you skip the two low strings?
3. The original har double strings, but in Nashville are 4 strings only common?
4. Do you use normal tuning or nashville tuning?

Old 30th December 2018
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I see bouzoiki s are credited on every country pop album. I remember someone said once that they tune them like guitars.

I have some questions.

1. Do you change to regular guitar strings and tune like a guitar?
2. It has only 4 strings, do you skip the two low strings?
3. The original har double strings, but in Nashville are 4 strings only common?
4. Do you use normal tuning or nashville tuning?

A bouzouki is otherwise known as an Octave Mandolin. Same as a mandolin only an octave lower, 4 courses of two strings each, tuned in fifths.
Old 31st December 2018
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Almost... An octave mandolin has 4 pairs of strings, each pair being the same. On a bouzouki, the 2 pairs of upper strings are the same, the 2 lower pairs are octaves. A bit different in sound.

Rich
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Almost... An octave mandolin has 4 pairs of strings, each pair being the same. On a bouzouki, the 2 pairs of upper strings are the same, the 2 lower pairs are octaves. A bit different in sound.

Rich
Oh, okay. And people are playing bouzoukis on country records? News to me.
Old 31st December 2018
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Quote:
Originally Posted by musicmixer04 View Post
I see bouzoiki s are credited on every country pop album. I remember someone said once that they tune them like guitars.

I have some questions.

1. Do you change to regular guitar strings and tune like a guitar?
2. It has only 4 strings, do you skip the two low strings?
3. The original har double strings, but in Nashville are 4 strings only common?
4. Do you use normal tuning or nashville tuning?


Which country albums Have bouzouki on them?

Always open to learn new stuff...
Old 31st December 2018
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I would not call it country (because that term, without modifiers, probably means mainstream country music), but Tim O’Brien used to have a lot of bouzouki on his recordings.
Old 31st December 2018
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Yes I mean more pop/country stuff. Like the stuff produced by Dann Huff.


43.34

YouTube


Dann Huff talks about using a bouzouki

Listen to the intro of Taylor swifts song Red, its a bouzouki I guess. It is mentioned in the credits here: Red (Taylor Swift song - Wikipedia)

I have seen bouzouki credited on lots of other records too

3.12

YouTube

seems like this guy only uses 4 strings here

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I was just curious if there was any standard tunings/string setup for using it in this pop/country style of music as opposed to greek traditional use

Old 5 days ago
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What’s the secret?

Guess you’d have to move to Nashville to find out! Heh
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Don't forget the 5 chorus Celtic Cittern and Irish bouzouki. And some weirdo octave mandos have 5 nylon strings. Maybe just the one.
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