Bouzouki is one of the indispensable instruments of contemporary Greek music and is a long-necked musical instrument. We can liken Bouzouki to Turkish reeds as a structure. Bouzouki, which the Irish have recently included frequently in their traditional music, was originally 6 strings bouzouki. However, musicians generally prefer 8 strings Bouzoukiyi (tuned as CFAD). In Ireland, Bouzouki was tuned as GDAE or GDAD. Bouzouki is now flat-backed, similar to the octave mandola. The difference between Octave mandola and Bouzouki is that Bouzouki has a longer scale. The long scale can cause problems with fingering, and the sound will automatically be affected by the long scale because the strings are thinner.
It is his Turkish roots that brought Bouzouki to Greece and ensured its development. Bouzouki is from the Lute family but is a different member of this family. Greek Bouzouki was 6 strings Bouzouki from when it was first designed and tuned as D-A-D. Then 8 strings Bouzouki appeared, bringing a different dimension to the music.
In ancient times, Bouzouki's name was Pandoura, and this instrument had a round belly. The biggest reason for people's interest in Bouzouki is that the verses are limited, but the resulting music is unique and does not end! Bouzouki has a history even earlier than the Middle East and Asia until Helen's time.
As for the closing period to the present day, Bouzouki derives from the Turkish word "Broken". It would not be wrong to say that Bouzouki is close friends with Turkish saz and Asian tanbur. Bouzouki's introducers are migrants who emigrated to Greece from Asia Minor and Turkey in the early 1900s.
Today, bouzouki is played by musicians with picks. But in the past, it has been used as the wood of a cherry tree or as a feather pick. Unique Bouzouki experiences have also emerged with picks used in different ways!