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Bouzouki Comparison

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Following my last post about my new bouzouki, I had a few requests for some kind of demonstration.

So bowing to popular demand, here is a video of me attempting to explain the difference between a mandolin, my Greek-style bouzouki and my new Irish-style bouzouki



And for those reading this in RSS and quite possibly Facebook, then you might need to click on this link instead:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/ZcJ0COnYyTc
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23 comments

Mimi and Tilly said...

I did not know that! :)

Ron said...

Interesting new view of you Kim. You are indeed a multi-faceted individual and talented to boot! Do I detect a weight loss and more gray hair?

Pat said...

We must do this more often. a scrabble or two, an instrument demo and music.
Perfection would have been for me to wipe the floor with you - gently. And more music from you.
I know some folk are never satisfied:)

mapstew said...

Now I want one!

Great to see & hear you 'in the flesh' as it were Kim. Looking mighty trim these days too pal! :¬)

Anna van Schurman said...

Thanks, that was cool.

Lianne said...

So fascinating; thank you for educating me!

hope said...

Wow! What a great lesson and entertaining to boot!

Okay, so I only know what my ears love, but I swear your new toy has a "warmer" sound.

So how much do we have to pay you to hear a song a week? :)

Ponita in Real Life said...

Thanks, Kim! I have to say I prefer the Irish one as well. As Hope said, it sounds "warmer". Although the Greek one resonates very nicely, the tone is different with the Irish one. Perhaps because of the string arrangement? It's lovely, though... just lovely!

Hindsfeet said...

*******DELIGHTFUL!!!!!!!*******

Thanks for *such* a *Big* treat tonight, Kim...what a fabulous end to my day : )

Liz : )

Sausage Fingers said...

Talent just pours out of you!
now I want to learn to play
Cheers

Synergy Gallery said...

Do you know how cool that is Kim, to see and hear you talking, playing ad just being yourself? It was really lovely and refreshing. I would love to see just a pure musical video, (hey maybe with some stills - wicker man comes to mind!) Love to hear a jam recorded. Love to see more video storytelling. It adds a very real dimension to the whole blog thing. Now I've got broadband that is! Thanks! :) Katie - but I think I'm logged in as Synergy again! It wont let me change, oh well. PS word verification 'bleed' that is not an insttruction.

Kim Ayres said...

Emma - which bit?

Ron - I'm actually about 10lbs heavier than I was before Christmas, but about 10lbs lighter than when I did "the camera never lies" video. As for the hair, I'm hoping it goes grey rather than fall out...

Pat - if only you loved locally - we could have a game on a Wednesday evening after dinner, then head out to the folk session at the pub :)

Mapstew - not as trim as I was - I'm about 10lbs heavier than I was before Christmas and don't seem to be heading back down...

Anna - thank you :)

Lianne - glad you enjoyed it :)

Hope - How much are you offering? :)

Ponita - as well as the shape, the sound is largely due to the wood used, especially on the front - the sound-board.

Liz - thank you :)

Sausage Fingers - it's easier if you already have an idea how to play somethin like the guitar or mandolin first

Katie - don't hold your breath for lots of videos - they are very time consuming. My camera doesn't record in a format my computer is happy with, so what with conversions, editing and uploading to YouTube, a 5 minute video takes a few hours to produce - and that's not even taking into consideration working out the content...

V said...

Lovely to see and hear you! Lovely also to hear you play some of one our session tunes. I have similar speed/size issues from fiddle to viola as your mando-bouzouki stuff.....Each has an advantage and a voice of it's own. One day we must travel the short distance between our laptops and play some tunes....

Kim Ayres said...

V - that would be wonderful :)

nella32000 said...

What a difference some education has to an appreciation of an art. The Irish bouzouki has a much more pleasant sound to me as well. If my memory serves me correctly that's the first time I saw you on video.

Kim Ayres said...

Allan - there are other examples of me on video - just click on the "Video" label under this post and scroll through :)

Jayne Martin said...

I enjoyed this sooooo much and I love the sound of your new bouzouki. Someday if I ever go on a TV game show and am asked a question about bouzoukis I will now have the answer and when I win my fortune I'll be sure and send you some. ;)

Carole said...

I loved this so much. It was great to learn something new. Again please.

Kim Ayres said...

Jayne - I'll accept check or paypal transfer :)

Carole - not sure what I would do for another one

The Lassie & Laddie said...

Oh, I am in Love! Could you please, please, pretty please post a video of you playing your (Irish) bouzouki or other instruments every once in a while? Lovely!

Kim Ayres said...

Lassie & Laddie - there ar far more talented players than me already posted on YouTube. I don't think I have anything original to add

The Lassie & Laddie said...

You don't have to be extraordinarily original to play beautifully ;)

Kim Ayres said...

But you do need to be talented :)

I can play well enough to impress people who are not musicians. And in a folk session in a pub, I can join in with other people playing and strum away without embarrassing myself. But I'm not good enough to be a solo performer, and would be looked at with raised eyebrows by other musicians if I tried

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