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I should just make a category "banging on my toys". I got a new saz the other day. This is what it sounds like.

Ok, just some information on the Saz. It can come with 6 or 7 strings, grouped as 3 double, or 2 double and one triple string. Common tunings are G-D-A (in fifths) or A-D-G (fourths), but since I'm mostly using mine for accompaniment I'm using an open tuning of G-D-G. The bass string is double, in a double octave; the middle string is in unison, and the melody string is triple, where one string is down by an octave. All this gives a very rich sound.

My saz is a long-neck instrument; there are short-neck instruments that are a bit more virtuosic.

Interesting about the saz is that it has frets for the quarter tones of the Turkish maqam scales. This takes a bit of getting used to. In this solo I'm playing the E-half-flat and the B-half-flat quite a bit. Those notes, for instance the B-half-flat, is halfway between B and B-flat.
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Uploaded: May 16, 2010 - 07:11:10 PM
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alackbass said 2627 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
What a great sound
And this is after owning it three weeks? Amazing!
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awigze said 2627 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
Vic
makes me wanna get up and dance... then eat a sausage on a stick with some beer! This is a a great instrument and you sound good on it... awesome sound!
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airportseven said 2627 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
I want a Saz now - it sounds so cool
Love what you're doing here - lots of possibilities with this instrument - I can hear so many overtones. Cool.
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kristyjo said 2627 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
wow, great start
Yes, I believe you have more toys than I do, and that's saying something. Very cool music, i love those quarter tones & bends. It sounds like you are really getting into it. What made you decide on the saz? I have an oud, but am out of practice.
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VicDiesel said 2627 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
Saz
I needed the saz for playing accompaniment with a bunch of troubadours here in town. Btw, I bought a very nice oud a few months ago. But that instrument is hard. I'm not posting anything yet....
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Vic Holman said 2627 days ago (May 16th, 2010)
i want one
i really like the sound of this, rich in overtones

....and very nicely played Vic
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Lennon714 said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
Another saz tune?
Yawn. Totally joking. I'm super impressed with the fact that you own these instruments - AND you play them well. There's tons of great low end drone. Overtones galore!
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Moviz said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
Wonderful
sounds in every range coming from this instrument Vic, you did great in such a short time.... love the 'bends', cheers M
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VicDiesel said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
Bends?
I'm not bending anything. Maybe what you're hearing is the quarter tones, for which this instrument actually has frets! Those wacky Turks....

Thanks for listening and commenting.
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Feter said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
Saz solo
This is one of the old old instruments and it
has a very specific sound that certainly the
people relate to in many countries in the East
world you can find it with many names and shapes
but the resonate sound is the same the way they
tuned it and the frets scale form the sound and
the playing .I think this is one of the
Instruments that the world once enjoy from East
to West and now you are giving us that taste of
sound again coming from the deep history what a
treat .very nice playing and way of spirit you
have with it ,I cant wait to hear you with the
band ...this is Amazing ...thnx a lot for sharin !!!!
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kingbee said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
all that saz
Never heard of a saz. Heard of an Oud though.
Loving the tone and sound you're getting out of it.
I'm not allowed anymore toys till I've mastered the ukulele :-)
Great stuff
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jiguma said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
As no-one else has asked ...
... can I have the old one ;)
Nice recording - I think I used to have the only saz solo on MJ ("Make Me Smile"), but maybe not.
Very admirable musical felxibility Vic - I'm impressed.
Neil
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Heroic_failure said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
The saz...
...sure is a cool sounding instrument, especially in this recording. I look forward to hearing it on some more of your tunes in the near future :)
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Char said 2627 days ago (May 17th, 2010)
Many here
would throw in the turkish towel after trying to master a foreign instrument, but not you. You are very gifted and determined. It sounds rich. :)
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Ed Hannifin said 2624 days ago (May 19th, 2010)
I don't know what you did....
...to mic this puppy, but it comes out of my speakers with amazing resonance... Forget melody and harmony, there's just something entrancing about the timbre and tonality of the instrument, vibrating in the free air.... Sounds amazing....


VicDiesel said 2624 days ago (May 19th, 2010)
Micing...
is not the whole story. I don't have a really good sounding space in my place. So I took the basic track and split it three ways: once just EQ'ed, second one with my favourite reverb RaySpace, and the third with a very light wah filter on it to get a bit more life into it.

But the instrument has of itself already a very rich sound. If you read my description above, you'll see that an open chord has 5 strings going in unisons and octaves.

Glad you liked it.
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Jarvoid said 2624 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
LOOKs a bit like
a Bouzouki,but sounds quite different.Sounds very good tho'...hah and I thought my balalaika was a crazily strung and tuned instrument but this beats all.All credit to you
for putting this together in such a short time of playing,nicely done.


The tuning and scale info explains a bit about Middle Eastern and the region music and why it has a distinctive sound that is difficult to emulate on western instruments.

Cheers ,Jarvo
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Symphony101 said 2624 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
Cool !
I have been always impressed by the sound of Saz, I got to hear a lot Turkish music, here it's interesting to hear some more "western" patterns. Really very nicely played, you demonstrated great skills here.

In case you are passionate about various instruments, there is one similar, called Lute (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lute). I just love the sound of it too, it's kind a sad sound it has but it's also lovely.
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VicDiesel said 2624 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
Are you saying I'm not authentic?
Then you're absolutely right. I've been playing middle eastern music (mostly on Oud) but I can't write it, so yes, there are some decidedly western patterns here. Glad you liked it anyway....
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DWL said 2624 days ago (May 20th, 2010)
I should restring mine
It's been hanging on the wall for too many years now.

Great sound you've got and a useful explanation of how you did it.

Cheers

Dick
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jdholliday said 2618 days ago (May 25th, 2010)
well
yet another noble effort here, great job sir!
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Ibstrat said 2602 days ago (June 11th, 2010)
Saz boogie
This instrument has a unique and beautiful sound.Never heard of a saz but this sounds great- I love the way you play it!
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SmokeyVW said 1158 days ago (May 25th, 2014)
tetrachords, eh?
neat sound. i like. thanks
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bud said 216 days ago (December 22nd, 2016)
Great sounding instrument
and I like what you're doing with it. It's interesting how just the two half flat notes add so much to the eastern flavor of the music.

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