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Subject: Bouzouki chords needed
From: sledge
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:01 PM

To anyone who could help,

I am trying to learn the 4 course Irish bouzouki, and doing so quite badly. It is tuned to GDAD as that is the only tuning I have chord diagrams for. As I am a bit unhappy with how GDAD sounds I was hoping some kind soul out there could could give me the chords for GDAE.

I know I could check a book (but I left it in the UK when packing) or see a music teacher but I am in the middle of nowhere currently and will be so until into the New Year so I am stuck.

Cheers and seasons greeting

Sledge


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: Sorcha
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 12:30 PM

Not sure, but is G the tenor string, or the bass? If G is the bass string would a mandolin chord book work?


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: The Shambles
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 01:22 PM

Yes but I'm not too sure how far up the neck the mandolin chords would go. A tenor banjo book (Irish tuned to GDAE) would be better, if you can find one.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: Zebedee
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 03:11 PM

Sledge

This page gives some basic chords. This page looks a lot better, but its slow to load.

Hope these help

Ed


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: Malcolm Douglas
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 04:59 PM

Han's Irish Bouzouki Homepage


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: GUEST,Bouzouki Bob
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 05:43 PM

I have seen some very usefull info at the following sites Bouzouki & irish music Bouzouki chords Playing the bouzouki in GDAD tuning By the way Rick Fielding taught me to play in ADAD tuning, I have found it easier than the others, and sounds great as well. Good luck, B.B.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 05:46 PM

Bob,

Some more information on the sites you 'mention' might, how shall I put it, be helpful...


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: pastorpest
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 06:10 PM

GDAE is the same tuning as mandolin. You are playing your bouzouki like an octave mandolin. Any chart of mandolin chords will work. I prefer for myself GDAD but especially if you have large hands and fingers with good reach GDAE offers all kinds of possibilities.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: Mooh
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 08:12 PM

Or I suppose since the difference between the two tunings is only that the first course is tuned up a full step, all you'd have to do is modify your existing chords by lowering the notes on that course one full step (ie two frets).

The Mandolin Cafe website has links to various chord charts and I think you can get at it through the Mudcat links also.

You're in the middle of nowhere too eh? So am I. If it's the same nowhere, maybe we can talk. PM me if you want.

Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 08:35 PM

Mandolin/banjo/fiddle tuning is a bit fussy. ADAD you get the octaves ringing out all the time, and it's great for rhythym.

And with ADAD it's easier not to get trapped into playing chords, you naturally tend to play play diads instead, and that's got a lot of advantages with many Irish tunes, because you don't nail them down into deciding whether they are being major or minor.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: Sorcha
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 08:38 PM

Don't know about plucked strings, but with fiddle, ADAD sets up LOTS of sympathetic resonances with after tones. Can drive you crazy, but if used correctly sounds a lot like pipes. Same with EAEA.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: GUEST,Bouzouki Bob
Date: 22 Dec 00 - 10:06 PM

the 3 sites I mentioned are on the web. Try the search engine "Google" and enter the listed names. I dont know how to add the link to this message, perhaps someone could explain the procedure to me. Happy surfing! B.B.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: sledge
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 02:17 AM

A great many thanks for all the help, fortunately I have a bit of time to sit and go through it all.

Wassail

sledge


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: GUEST,cheese
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 08:23 AM

If it helps (and if you already play guitar), EADG tuning - top to bottom - is the same as a guitar but upside down. Try playing upside down guitar chords to get you started. Bozouki is great for backing but - unless you got VERY big hands - be careful when playing tunes, as I know of one person who had to give up playing for a while due to RSI (repetitive strain injury) getting those big stretches. For this reason I play mandola, as you can do the stretches for tunes without injury and back tunes, too, though you don't get the depth of a bouzouki. Obviously, it's horses for courses.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: McGrath of Harlow
Date: 23 Dec 00 - 06:09 PM

You know, that had never occurred to me, cheese. Now all I need is a left handed mandolin player who'll lend me his mandolin, and I can amaze the company and myself as well with all kinds of chords I didn't know I knew.


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: Geoff the Duck
Date: 06 Sep 01 - 08:56 PM


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Subject: RE: Help: Bouzouki chords needed
From: GUEST,GLENZO THE mAGPIe
Date: 16 Oct 10 - 07:29 PM

HI.... FOr some reason i can't remeber i started building elf lutes
or as you's call them bazookis of the irish type..any way i heard about the gdad tuning and got partway there with my experiments
with strings and box's and necks...and.for some reason GDGB spoke
to me
iam a singing book man with a liking for majors and minors
but i also like listining to the planet of the elves radio that
comes out of this thing beautiful easy to play runs of celtic
fiddle tune stuff betwix the bazoo soundin cords

    my question is are elves sending us messages when we play


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