This course will serve as an introduction to the Istanbul kemençe (politiki lyra/klasik kemençe). We will focus on the basic techniques used for the Istanbul kemençe and the interpretation of selected repertoire in fundamental makam (modes) for both classical Ottoman and folk styles. For students of an advanced level, this course will help clarify any questions or difficulties caused during their training and compile a variety of basic techniques used. This course will also be useful for self-taught kemençe players, as well as for players that are used to a different kind of kemençe (Cretan lyra, Bulgarian gudulka, Pontic lyra, etc.) and want to explore the universe of the Istanbul kemençe.