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Ukulele songs from Greece (Ελληνική Δημοκρατία)

06 2009

37. Greek

After Oceania, let’s try to keep the holiday feel with a short trip to Greece.
I have never been to Greece but it is a country I’d like to visit one day.
In the meantime, let’s go for the cheap option with this little virtual visit…

Now that we’ve warmed up to the landscapes, let’s get back to our subject. Even though Greece is usually associated with the bouzouki, someone has had the great idea to play Greek songs on a ukulele.

Here is an adaptation of a song by Markos Vamvakaris, “Bouzouki mou diplochordo”.
For the benefit of our favourite instrument, it has become : “Ukulele mou tetrachordo“.

You can find the Greek lyrics and the score for the original song Μπουζούκι μου διπλόχορδο on this page.

It’s impossible to write a post about Greece without mentioning one of its most famous singers : Stelios Kazantsidis. So here is one of his songs, “To Agriolouloudo” (The Wildflower) on ukulele.

A post about Greece would not be complete without mentioning its tragedians, Aeschylus (born 525BC), Sophocles (born 496BC) and Euripides (born 480BC). You will be surprised to hear that a ukulele player, Keyne, has taken the time to translate some of Sophocles paens (solemn or grateful songs). Here is a video of a choral paen celebrating good news : Deianira has just found out that her husband Heracles is returning safe from war.

For those who would like to find out more about Greece, there are many videos on Greek history on YouTube.
I found this one quite nice, as it tells Greek history in pictures, brushing subjects like Greek mythology, the Olympic Games, the theater, Greek philosophers, scientists, physicians, mathematicians, orators, heroes and kings as well as the shaping of Greek music.

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4 Comments »

  1. Bethany on the 29th of November 2011 @ 02:34

    where can you find the chords to Bouzouki mou diplochordo

  2. Armelle Europe on the 29th of November 2011 @ 06:16

    Bethany: I found this Greek page with the music sheet and lyrics for Bouzouki mou diplochordo here.
    I hope this helps.

  3. Sommer on the 22nd of November 2012 @ 06:47

    Howdy, I would like to play these songs on my ukelele. Do you have the chords??! I saw the sheet music, but it doesn’t help me without chords.

    Much thanks!

  4. Armelle Europe on the 22nd of November 2012 @ 09:52

    @Sommer: Unfortunately, I don’t have the chords and I am unable to transcribe the music sheets for you. The only thing I could find which you could try out is this link with the bouzouki tab (on 3 strings, no information about their tuning) :
    http://www.bouzouksis.com/view.php?tabid=704

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