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A tune I composed on bouzouki, which is in the mandolin family so may deserve a place on here, I had been quite unwell, and lost a lot of weight for a while when I recieved this instrument and had never played one before,this was 3 days after i recieved it. its in 17 century or even earlier style, I intend transcribing it shortly for violin.
nice tune @stringy! I need to get me an octave mando still.. well i dont "need" any of these instruments but its nice having them to play and i think an octave would be a good backing instrument for some of my creations. like the celtic knot on the sound hole. cool looking and sounding instrument.
Greg the Instrument was made for me by a friend, every singe paRt is hand made, tail piece hand carved, the knot was carved and inlaid, the whole instrume t is made of flame maple .
Andrew ,yes 3 days, I could actually play it after about ten minutes, my skill is on fretted instruments. the reason I took up violin was a challenge. I actually made that tune up on the spare of the moment for my friend who made the instrument for me I can play many fretted instruments but class myself as a singer more than anything else, my family were large and came to Liverpool from Ireland, all of them played lots of instruments including my grandfather who was one of the best five string banjo players in Liverpool. Unfortunately I find violin a lot harder than I thought it would be.
Wtw thanks, I have played guitar for thirty odd years though so its not that much of an achievement, thanks for the compliment about the composer badge..
Thank you all for your kind replies, never thought of giving it a name to be honest, have to give that some thought.
Unfretted, yes he is a very talented luthier, his last instrument before this one was a hurdy gurdy. This one he made for me took him nine months altogether. The inlay ion the fret board was also cut out and inlaid by him, you cant see it properly on the vid but its quite beautiful, a celtic knot with two stylised dogs heads. The wood is top grade violin quality, when you the light hits it it flames are all over the body and neck.
Believe it or not I took it out the other day first time in about 8 months and snapped a string tuning it lol