SÖYLER SANAT ACADEMY
History & Characteristics of Bağlama
Bağlama; According to the international instrument classification system (Sachs-Horbostel), belongs to the class of long-luthes. These types of instruments, which have a smaller body than the neck, have a long history.
The first source in which long-necked lutes are seen historically is 3000 B.C. during the Akkadian period. According to L. Picken , the main source of long -necked lutes is Syria and its surroundings. Especially in the beginning of 2000 B.C., smaller long-necked lutes have been found in the Eastern Mediterranean, Mesopotamia, and East Asia. This type of instruments probably passed to Asia 2500 years ago. Because during this period, similar instruments were also encountered in Turkistan and China.
Among the Asian Turks, the first examples similar to Bağlama were found in the Khakas region, which was the settlement area of the former Kyrgyz Turks. These two stringed examples do not have frets. The fretted examples of this instrument are called dutar (ikitelli) today. In general, Asian Turks call the Bağlama type stringed instruments kopuz or komis. In Asian kopuzes, those with more than two strings (meaning tanbura) are called dambra or dombra. Georgians call this type of instruments pandur. This relationship and similarities draw our attention to the closeness and prevalence between pandura and tanbura.
Today, especially starting from the Balkans, which appeared in the region extending to Anatolia, Syria, Iraq, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan and Asia It is understood that the Ottoman Turks were influential in the spread of these instruments.
It is seen that the naming, which used to change from two strings to twelve strings and was made according to the number of strings, gradually took the place of the naming according to the length of the instrument, the chord in which it was played or the place where it was played. For example, cura, ırızva, bağlama, bozuk, tanbura, çöğür, divan saz, meydan saz. Names such as bağlama, bozuk indicate both a particular genre and a chord. Examples such as the divan saz and the meydan saz are examples of nomenclatures that also evoke the spatial size of the instrument.
You can learn how to play Bağlama or improve your current level by taking One-to-One Private Bağlama Lessons or One-to-One Group Bağlama Lessons or Online Private Bağlama Lessons from our distinguished teachers and masters at Söyler Sanat Academy.
One-to-One Bağlama Lessons
(Private or Group)
One-to-One Bağlama Lessons are given at our Beşiktaş, İstanbul - Turkey and West Bay, Doha - Qatar branches.
In our lessons; A three-stage education is given according to the level of the students: beginner level, intermediate level, advanced level. This level is determined by the level test performed by our instructors before registration. Our one-to-one lessons are conducted in private or in groups, depending on your preference and availability.
Students who want to participate in the current Accreditation Program with the London Music Academy and receive a certificate must have successfully completed the Advanced Level Program consisting of a minimum of 20 students to apply (only at branches in Turkiye).
In our academy, a different price policy is followed according to the qualifications of our instructors in our training staff for One-to-One Bağlama Lessons. Please contact us about the course schedule and course fees of our instructors you prefer for One-to- One Bağlama Lessons. You can reach us via our phone numbers on our site, e-mail or chat on the site.
Online Bağlama Lessons
As you know, after the pandemic that lasted for about 2 years, many institutions and organizations switched to the online system. We have prepared ourselves in this direction and started to serve you with our online lessons.
Our Online Private Bağlama Lessons are held in Turkish, by video conference via Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Telegram, Duo, Zoom or Skype applications of your choice.
In our Online Private Bağlama Lessons; Just like the One-to-One Bağlama Lessons, a 3-stage education is given according to the level of the students: beginner level, intermediate level, advanced level. The level of our students is determined in advance by the level test made by our instructors.
In our academy, a different price policy is followed according to the qualifications of our instructors in our training staff for Online Bağlama Lessons. Please contact us about the course schedule and course fees of our instructors you prefer for Online Bağlama Lessons. You can reach us via our phone numbers on our site, e-mail or chat on the site.