The Irish Bouzouki is the modern origination from the Greek bouzouki. The Greek bouzouki came into the Irish traditional music in 1960. It was then four courses of strings. In the early 1970s, the octave strings got a replacement with unison strings giving it a lower frequency. A classic bouzouki is with unison strings and a three-piece, partially staved back. From then on the instrument is featured in Irish traditional and other folk music.
The Birth of Irish Bouzouki
Andy Irvine met Donal Lunny in 1969 and handed over a Greek bouzouki to him. He usually brought it with him during his travels to Europe. He was a left-hander and reversed the string order by replacing each thick string with a second high pitched string. Giving a unison sound for the lower-pitched courses. This new instrument was then called the Irish Bouzouki instrument.
The success of the Irish Bouzouki
The Bouzouki during the earlier tenure was played to produce chords for the melodic instrument such as the flute. The unison courses enhance the role of the Bouzouki. It is the critical development of how the Irish Bouzouki found its actual place in the Irish music bands.
Outside some other modifications were done to the Greek bouzouki. The body is full, and the side is straight to the ground and narrow back of the Greek Bouzouki.
Success among Musicians
In the first place, the instrument became popular with the people who introduced it. Such as Andy Irvine, Donal Lunny, Alec Finn. Then it moved on and became very popular in other countries. Many pieces of music use the Irish Bouzouki as a chord and melodic instrument.
In Today World
Usually, the Irish Bouzouki has become very famous and familiar among the musicians today. It is playing on popular TV shows according to its increasing popularity. A contestant a French national has provided a unique traditional mixing of the religious singing and chord accompaniment.
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