I Hope this page will answer some of the most FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS that music lovers and musicians have asked Spiro.  If you do not find an answer to your question Spiro would be more than happy to answer your personal questions by E-mail.

Table of Contents

  1. How do I learn to play the Bouzouki?
  2. What are the strings named?
  3. Why do I have to become familiar with the Dromous?
  4. Can you give me an example of songs that have the same dromo?
  5. When can I learn to play a Taxim?

 

How do I learn to play the Bouzouki?

The first thing to learn on how to play the Bouzouki is: The name of the strings, how to tune the Bouzouki and how to hold the pick correctly.

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What are the strings named?

The very bottom thin string is the first string and it is called RE or [D] number two string is LA or [A] number three string is FA or [F] and the top fourth stings is DO or [C].   You can now tune your Bouzouki to these notes with any tuner.

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Why do I have to become familiar with the Dromous?

You have to know that dromoi are musical scale expression for Greek songs played on the Bouzouki.  It is important to become familiar with the scale and the sounds of different songs in order to learn the names of the different dromoi.   This will help you to group the songs you are playing.

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Can you give me an example of songs that have the same dromo?

Yes for example songs that have the Dromo Hedjaz are: Skali-Skali, Paixe Christo to Bouzouki, Nychtose Horis Fegari, Mia Kalyviotisa, To Papaki.   Another example of songs that have the Dromo Sabah are:  Yiati Kale Yitonissa, Enas Mangas Sto Votaniko, Vathia Stin Thalassa Tha Peso, To Vouno, Otan Methae O Anthropos.

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When Can I learn to play a Taxim?

Once you become familiar with the Dromoi you can add a Taxim to your playing.  For example, if you wanted to play a Taxim in the beginning of the song To Vouno, we know that the Dromo is Sabah which consists of Minore and Majore chords.  Knowing this, you can now create an improvisation that will enhance the song with your imagination.

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Author Kay Skordilis
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