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Palying bouzouki, hand resting on soundboard?
« on: April 15, 2017, 04:20:19 PM »
okay, this guy is good but never seen a bouzouki player who rests his/her hand on the soundboard.  is there really any significance to the method?


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Palying bouzouki, hand resting on soundboard?
« Reply #1 on: April 15, 2017, 08:04:32 PM »
okay, this guy is good but never seen a bouzouki player who rests his/her hand on the soundboard.  is there really any significance to the method?


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Palying bouzouki, hand resting on soundboard?
« Reply #2 on: April 16, 2017, 02:22:02 AM »
Holds the pick differently, but his hand hardly comes in contact with the soundboard. He's like the Greek Willie Nelson. Very unique style.
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Palying bouzouki, hand resting on soundboard?
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2017, 11:30:50 AM »
I know some of the "older" players rested on the soundboard.  When you are amplified, I don't think it makes too much of a difference.  The new players form a fist and all of the action comes from the hand going up and down from the wrist only - not from the elbow.  This is the blazing speed that some are capable of doing.  The less distance the pick travels the faster one can play.
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« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2017, 08:45:39 PM »
Good point Gerge regarding the amplification.
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Palying bouzouki, hand resting on soundboard?
« Reply #5 on: April 18, 2017, 02:16:03 AM »
I would have thought that resting your hand on the soundboard would result in slightly lessening the overall resonance of the instrument. As George said, it would make less difference when using a pickup but probably would make more change to overall tone when using a microphone or playing acoustically.



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« Reply #6 on: April 18, 2017, 07:32:29 AM »
In centuries past, and even till the mid 20th century, it was common to hold the bowl-back instruments without a neckstrap and playing while standing. I am less familiar with ouds and bouzoukis in this respect; I have more experience with lutes, mandolins and charangos. But I think of the bouzouki as a mandolin-family instrument, and expect that the same is true for it.
To do this, you have to have your right arm run approximately across the tailpiece - and notice that many of the tailpieces are designed to double as an arm rest - the instrument has to be held rather high, across your chest, and you have to not be dependent on being able to watch your fingers as you play. It's really not as difficult as it looks like it would be. The hand position that initially caught Bass's eye is typical for this style of holding the instrument, except that the arm position and the position of the instrument are in the modern lap-sitting position.

 

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