Archive for June, 2003

Hayes Compatible

Posted on June 26, 2003, under legacy.

Today was a mixed day, but great on the whole. We had some slight issues in work with the whole internet going away due to a small error on the part of Géant, but after that things got much better.

After work, Colin came over, to check his results amongst other things, and we went off to a free Martin Hayes and Dennis Cahill gig in Temple Bar’s Meeting House Sqaure.

It’s been over a year since I’d seen Hayes live, and it was an absolutely brilliant gig, and the atmosphere was great due to the lashing rain at this outdoor gig. Also managed to meet old friends Éanna and Sorcha there, which is good.

Bouzouki Wha?

Posted on June 23, 2003, under legacy.

I’ve tried to explain the various instruments I play more than once, and I usually suck at doing it, so I’ll put some descriptions on-line, which I can point people at. I’ll start with the one I play the most, the bouzouki.

The Bouzouki

The bouzouki is an instrument that was introduced to Irish Traditional Music in the 60s, most notably by Donal Lunny (crap) and Andy Irvine (superb). Originally, it’s a greek instrument, though the modern version has been heavily modified, and most feature a flat back to the soundbox, rather than a curved one.

If you’re a complete nerd like me, you’ll be intrested to know that it’s tonal range is suprisingly bassy, and goes from 220Hz to 2.3Khz, in the tuning I use (ADAD), though in GDAD the lower range is extended downwards to 196Hz.

It’s a double-stringed instrument, with 8 strings in total tuned to 4 seperate tones. Unlike some double string instruments, most players keep the double strings in-tone rather than seperated by an octave.

It’s used mostly for modal music, which is why it’s tuned in fourths.

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