What Is a Bouzouki Used For? 

The bouzouki, one of the most significant instruments of Greek music, is in the string instrument group. The strings of the bouzouki, which come from a family similar to the baglama, kopuz, and oud, come from the baglama and its frets come from the guitar order. The bouzouki, which resembles a mandolin more with its sharp metallic sound, is played with a plectrum or pick. The bouzouki's front body is flat, pear-shaped and heavily inlaid with mother-of-pearl. Its length is close to 70 centimeters. In this article, we will share with you what is curious about the subject.

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Why Is It Called a Bouzouki? 


It is said that it was called corrupted because a new instrument was created by distorting its name from reeds, and the word corrupted was replaced by the name bouzouki with its Greek pronunciation over time. Another view is that its name derives from the Turkish bad saz and that it comes from the wrong order, which is a way of playing the saz. With its egg-shaped body and long neck, the bouzouki comes from the same family as the baglama, kopuz, and oud. Rebetika is an active musical instrument of musical culture. The bouzouki is also found in Irish folklore. The bouzouki, whose front part is usually decorated with mother-of-pearl inlays, is played with a plectrum or pick.

What Is The Difference Between a Mandolin and a Bouzouki?



  • Both mandolins and bouzouki make a sharp metallic sound when played. The difference comes in the pitch and tone of both instruments.
  • Bouzoukis have a noticeably lower pitch than mandolins.
  • Mandolins have a sweet melodic sound that is often desired by country, bluegrass, and folk musicians of old times.
  • Tetrachord and trichlor bouzouki can have subtle differences, but this results in two very different instruments in how they feel, play, and sound.
  • Tetrachord bouzouki has a very impressive, solid, and lively sound.
  • Trichord bouzouki has a sweet woody tone.

Who Invented Bouzouki?


The history of bouzouki is not very old. Rebets who migrated from Turkey with the population exchange took their instruments such as baglama, oud, and violin with them, and over time, the baglama changed its shape. A new instrument similar to the mandolin and the guitar emerged. The bouzouki, which was six strings before, took its current form with the addition of two strings over time.

Buzuki performers: Manolis Hiotis, Zambetas, Thanassis Polykandriotis, Christo Nikolopoulo, Vasilis Tsitani, Yanni Paliaolougou, Erol Örter, Orhan Osman, Hakan Etik, Serkan Bağ.

The bouzouki, which looks like a mixture of mandolin, guitar, and saz, and emanates from Greek music, has taken its place in world music today as a musical instrument widely used not only by rebetika but also by Indian, Arab, Latin, Balkan and Turkish music.


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