This course focuses on the short neck saz (bağlama). We will concentrate on different techniques, including the interaction and coordination between finger-picking and using a plectrum (mizrap). We will assess the use of various hand positions, and techniques of embellishment characteristic to different regional styles, based on motifs taken from traditional compositions from Turkey. We will study Turkish makam, and learn about improvisation (taksim) within this system. We will implement these techniques within the context of a basic repertoire. “Keklik gibi kanadımı süzmedim” (Turkey) will be used to analyse the Uşşak family, and to work on taksim. “Seherde bir bağa girdim” (Turkey) will be analysed on short and long neck saz so as to compare the two tunings. “Tatavlino sirto” (“Ταταυλιανό συρτό,” Greece), “Hicaz mantilatos” (“Χιτζάζ μαντηλάτος,” Greece), and “Aman avcı vurma beni” (Azerbaijan) will give us insight into navigating complex song structure. “Abdurrahman halayı” (Turkey) will demonstrate to us the interaction between the Hicaz and Hüseyni makamlar. This course is for students who are comfortable on saz (bağlama), and can already interpret some pieces from relevant repertoires. The instructor will send scores and Youtube links of the repertoire one week before the course starts so students can familiarize themselves with the material.