Bağlama Saz Technique & Repertoire

by Cihan Türkoğlu

Feb 10 - Mar 7
07:00 PM - 10:00 PM

$192 $182 before Feb 03


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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.

Student requirements:
Instrumental technique: any level
Western theory: any level
Modal music theory: any level
Sight reading: basic
Transposition: any level
Learning by ear: any level
Composition: any level
Improvisation: any level

Class Schedule

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.

Feb 1007:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 1407:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 1707:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2107:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2407:00 PM10:00 PM
Feb 2807:00 PM10:00 PM
Mar 307:00 PM10:00 PM
Mar 707:00 PM10:00 PM