Course Description

This course covers the development of the Greek bouzouki from 1920 until 1950, based on the works of Markos Vamvakaris (Father of Rebetiko) and Vasilis Tsitsanis. Students will become familiar with the origins of Greek Rebetiko Music through these two recognized composers and performers. The ensemble welcomes 3-string bouzouki, 4-string bouzouki, baglama (small 3-string bouzouki), tzoura (middle size 3-string bouzouki), acoustic guitar, hand percussion, drum set, accordion, piano, and vocals. The course will cover theoretical aspects of Greek music, scales, modes, and harmonic support for Rebetiko melodies. Students will learn several pieces, and the culminating experience will be a professional recording session and a live performance. Prior experience and ability to read music are not required for enrolling in this course. Students are required to bring their instruments and amplifiers. Students do not need to be Greek to participate - enrollment is open to all interested students, and everyone is welcome! 



Ages 15+

The Greek Bouzouki Ensemble I course is not currently open for enrollment.. We can arrange for any number of lessons you would like, click here for more information or contact Issa Boulos at iboulos@harpercollege.edu. If you’re a new student wanting to register for private lessons click here to fill out the new student form. If you would like us to notify you when enrollment opens, click and on the Request Information button below.
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