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Bouzouki: octave or unison?

alex s 30 Sep 08 - 05:41 PM
Mooh 30 Sep 08 - 05:51 PM
michaelr 30 Sep 08 - 07:00 PM
GUEST,Jonny Sunshine 01 Oct 08 - 03:02 PM
Phil Cooper 01 Oct 08 - 04:23 PM
JedMarum 02 Oct 08 - 01:04 AM
DonMeixner 02 Oct 08 - 10:20 AM
jonm 02 Oct 08 - 10:54 AM
DonMeixner 02 Oct 08 - 01:44 PM
The Vulgar Boatman 02 Oct 08 - 05:12 PM
van lingle 03 Oct 08 - 09:30 AM
Les from Hull 03 Oct 08 - 11:30 AM
GUEST 03 Oct 08 - 11:56 AM
GUEST,Jim 03 Oct 08 - 11:58 AM
GUEST,DonMeixner 03 Oct 08 - 11:57 PM
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Subject: octave or unison?
From: alex s
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 05:41 PM

This is probably an old thread but I've just started playing bouzouki - which do you think sounds better, octave or unison strings?


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Subject: RE: octave or unison?
From: Mooh
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 05:51 PM

Me and mine likes unison, you and yours may differ.

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: octave or unison?
From: michaelr
Date: 30 Sep 08 - 07:00 PM

Unison for me. Gives better bass sound and sounds less like a 12-string guitar.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: GUEST,Jonny Sunshine
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 03:02 PM

I've tried both, but octave-strung, tuned GDAD does it for me. I really like the interesting chord inversions you get from the octave strings, especially when cross-picking

Unison strings were OK in GDAE for me, with the obvious advantage that it was exactly the same as mandolin, down an octave. But it felt more like a long-scale octave mandolin than a bouzouki.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: Phil Cooper
Date: 01 Oct 08 - 04:23 PM

I do unison, myself.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: JedMarum
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 01:04 AM

Matter of taste. I'm surprised to see so many votes for unison. I prefer the sound of unison, but then I actually prefer the sound of the octave mandolin to the bouzouki ... unison strings on a zook or using an octave mando in place of a bouzouki have such a warmer sound.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 10:20 AM

Octave-GDAD I really like the drones.

Don


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: jonm
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 10:54 AM

Part of me has this urge to convert a 12-string guitar into a triple-strung bouzouki, with a single high octave string on the lower courses and a single low octave string on the higher ones.

GgG DdD aAa eEe

With eight strings, unison every time for me, there are no strange jumps in fills and melody lines as you cross strings. I don't particularly like the wash of poorly-defined sound you get from a 12-string guitar, either.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: DonMeixner
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 01:44 PM

I think it depends on the over all tuning.

GG DD AA EE and Gg Dd AA DD

Don


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: The Vulgar Boatman
Date: 02 Oct 08 - 05:12 PM

Octaves for me -but I don't play much in the way of melody, tune it gdad, and the octaves give a much fuller sound in accompaniments. Doesn't cost a lot to experiment in this case (you're only changing two strings) - find the stringing and tuning which suits what you want to do. Make it yours, and good luck.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: van lingle
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 09:30 AM

I'm stickin' with the unison on my octave mandolin. I tried octaves once and it gave me a brittle, harpsichordal sound that I wasn't too crazy about. To each his own.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: Les from Hull
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 11:30 AM

Yes, a matter of personal choice, coupled with what you mainly play - melody or accompaniment. Mine's unison GDAD.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: GUEST
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 11:56 AM

As The Vulgar Boatman and Les from Hull mentioned, the octave tuningsounds better for chordal accompaniment, while melody players often prefer unison tuning. I tune my OM to GDAD unison, but have used octave tuning when I was just playing accompaniment.
Has anyone ever tried DGBD tuning and used 5 string banjo shapes with all closed chords? If I had a spare instrument I'd tune it like this.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 11:58 AM

Sorry, I forgot to add my name to the above post.


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Subject: RE: Bouzouki: octave or unison?
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 03 Oct 08 - 11:57 PM

I have Jim. I rather like it. I flat pick a lot on my five string. This allows me to play the same lines but get a different sound. I play it with octaves. I don't use it in the band I'm in mainly because I don't need to carry another case around but it would suit the Irish and American folk I play.

Don


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