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Thread #57997   Message #915935
Posted By: Big Mick
22-Mar-03 - 07:37 AM
Thread Name: Bouzouki - GDAD or GDAE?
Subject: RE: Bouzouki - GDAD or GDAE?
I play a Freshwater Bouzouki. I decided to work mostly with GDAD, with some forays into ADAD. I decided against GDAE, as I wanted the full sound one gets with the GDAD tuning. And I didn't want to treat it like some other instrument. Also, as mentioned above, the best players of this instrument (the folks whose sound I am trying to achieve and improve on), for the most part are playing one of these tunings. For what it is worth, Pat Broaders of bohola, plays CGCG. I tried octave tuning, but I find the unison to be a much fuller sound.

The Waltons book has a great section on basic chords in both tunings and there is a site on the web with tunings as well. I also have the Homespun Tape which has some great tutorials on the unique methods of playing picked rhythms.

By the way, David Freshwater makes a wonderful bouzouki. Too bad he is so unreliable on delivery.