This course will teach basic kanun techniques - both traditional and contemporary. We will focus on achieving a clear and steady sound through exercises meant to enforce correct plucking technique. We will assess proper hand placement, particularly in relation to different rhythms.
We will put these techniques into practice via a select repertoire of music from Asia Minor, Greece and music of the Ottoman court, comparing different aspects of these traditions. We will focus mainly on the Ussak and Huseyni makams. Repertoire will include “Karsilamas mytilinis,” “Tis triantafillias ta filla,” “Ussak saz semai” (Salih Dede), and “Antikristos horos” (Thrace). This course is for students who have basic knowledge of the kanun, able to tune and handle their instrument, and produce sound. By the end of this course, you will be able to read beyond the score and ornament melodies to adapt a piece for solo kanun performance.
TIME CHANGES: This course's schedule includes a transition to/from Daylight Saving Time (aka Summer Time), which may mean that the class times will vary for you. Please set your time zone, and check the schedule on the course page carefully, so you don't miss anything.