Learn to play the Bouzouki - Greek Bouzouki Lessons
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Learn to play the Bouzouki - Greek Bouzouki Lessons

Learn to play the Greek bouzouki with these online lessons provided by the musician and bouzouki player Yossi Aharon
3.8 (13 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
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Created by Yossi Aharon
Last updated 4/2016
English
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Includes:
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 Article
  • 1 Supplemental Resource
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Play the Greek bouzouki
  • Understanding basic music theory
  • Play Greek instrumentals and songs on the bouzouki
  • Know 72 positions of chords on the bouzouki
  • Know the Greek scales and rhythms
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Requirements
  • You will need a Greek bouzouki and a plectrum
Description

In these lessons we will start from the basics and learn the parts of the bouzouki, how to hold the bouzouki and the plectrum, tuning the bouzouki and start to learn the music theory which is the basic thing you need for being a musician. In music theory section there are video presentations that teach you all from the start. On the next section there are exercises to practice and improve your fingers and hands movements. After you practice the exercises for a while the next section you will learn how to play instrumentals and Greek songs on bouzouki include the Greek famous instrumental "Zeibekiko Tis Evdokias" written by the composer Manos Loizos, the instrumental "O Horos Tou Sakena" and instrumental version of the song "Siko Horepse Koukli Mou". Each song include normal and slow speed video. We also will have introduction to chords with 72 positions of chords on the bouzouki, major and minor chords. The next sections include the Greek scales and the Greek rhythms. This course contain all what you need to learn to play the Greek bouzouki.

Who is the target audience?
  • Anyone who want to start to learn to play the Greek bouzouki
  • No need any knowledge or previous experience
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Curriculum For This Course
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Basics
6 Lectures 09:15

In this video we will learn the parts of the bouzouki

Preview 01:30

How to hold the bouzouki

Preview 00:48

After we learned how to hold the bouzouki, in this video we will learn how to hold the plectrum

Preview 01:35

In this video we will learn how to tune the bouzouki, what is the tune of each string and how to use a digital chromatic tuner

Preview 04:52

In this diagram you can see the fretboard of the bouzouki with the name of the notes on it. You should know all the name of the notes. In the next section when you start to learn the basics of music language you will understand the meaning of them.

The notes on the bouzouki
1 page
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Music theory
15 Lectures 08:41
Music theory - Introduction
00:37

Music language
01:04

The Staff
00:14

The Clef
00:29

The notes on the staff
00:52

Ledger lines
00:16

Sharps and Flats
00:43

Enharmonics
00:33

Octave
00:25

Measures and Bar lines
00:29

Time signatures
00:35

Note durations
00:55

Rest durations
00:23

Tempo
00:19

Tablature
00:47

After you finished to learn all the lectures it's time to check and test you knowledge.

Music Theory Quiz
4 questions
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Exercises
6 Lectures 07:52

In this first exercise we will practice playing on open strings. This is the basic exercise that will help us to improve your hand movement. We start picking the first string on the bottom D and we move to the C string on top. The picking is down – up. So let's start from the first string, move the second, the third and fourth.

Exercise 1
02:03

Exercise 2. In this exercise we will practice the both hands. We start from the first string D on bottom, playing the 4 notes on the string, back and forth and then we move to the other strings on top.

Exercise 2
02:06

Exercise 3 played in slow and fast speed

Exercise 3
00:49

Exrecise 4. Start from fret number 7 on the first string D

Exercise 4
00:37

Exercise 5
00:46

Exercise 6
01:31
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Instrumentals and Songs for Beginners
6 Lectures 13:54

Zeibekiko Tis Evdokias is a well-known Greek instrumental in Zeibekiko rhythm written by the composer Manos Loizos

Zeibekiko Tis Evdokias - Normal speed
01:24

Zeibekiko Tis Evdokias - Slow speed
02:27

O Horos Tou Sakena - Normal speed
01:30

O Horos Tou Sakena - Slow speed
06:03

Siko Horepse Koukli Mou - Normal speed
00:29

Siko Horepse Koukli Mou - Slow speed
02:01
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Chords
3 Lectures 04:55
Introduction to Chords
00:40

Major Chords
01:52

Minor Chords
02:23
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Greek scales
12 Lectures 07:01

A video demonstration of Hijaz scale played in normal and slow speed

Hijaz scale
00:37

A video demonstration of Hijazkiar scale played in normal and slow speed

Hijazkiar scale
00:37

A video demonstration of Pireotikos scale played in normal and slow speed

Pireotikos scale
00:35

A video demonstration of Huzam scale played in normal and slow speed

Huzam scale
00:35

A video demonstration of Seigah scale played in normal and slow speed

Seigah scale
00:36

A video demonstration of Rast scale played in normal and slow speed

Rast scale
00:34

A video demonstration of Major scale played in normal and slow speed

Major scale
00:33

A video demonstration of Sabah scale played in normal and slow speed

Sabah scale
00:37

A video demonstration of Harmonic minor scale played in normal and slow speed

Harmonic minor scale
00:35

A video demonstration of Diatonic minor scale played in normal and slow speed

Diatonic minor scale
00:34

A video demonstration of Ousak scale played in normal and slow speed

Ousak scale
00:34

A video demonstration of Niavent scale played in normal and slow speed

Niavent scale
00:34
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Greek rhythms
1 Lecture 01:39
Greek ryhthms
01:39
About the Instructor
Yossi Aharon
3.8 Average rating
13 Reviews
67 Students
2 Courses
Musician and bouzouki player

Yossi Aharon is a musician and virtuoso Greek bouzouki player from Israel. He began his musical education at age 6 and learned to play mandolin, violin and piano. He showed talent and loved to play classical melodies of popular composers. During a visit to Greece, he started to learn to play bouzouki. He was influenced by Greek culture and developed a deep affinity for Greek music and Rebetiko. In Israel, He began teaching the instrument. In 2009 he published the book “Kessem Ha'bouzouki" (“The Magic of Bouzouki"), a comprehensive Greek bouzouki method book in Hebrew include Greek musical scales. More than 1000 copies of the book were sold in Israel. His great passion for Greek music and constant visits to Greece caused him to abandon his profession to spend his time in music. In August 2012, he released the album “Melodies From The Heart", a Greek bouzouki instrumentals album.