Greek Instruments



The baglamas are melody instruments that were very popular among prisoners in jail and small bands in the early part of the 20th century.  The instrument is traditionally made of wood, but can be produced from other materials such as, tortoise shells and gourds.  Because it is so small, it is easy to carry and ideal for small get togethers or parties. 

Cretan Lyra 

Developed and played on the Island of Crete, the Cretan lyra is an instrument similar to a violin.  It is played in the upright position and rests upon the knee.  Instead however, of being played with your fingertips, the Cretan lyra is played by pressing the tops of your fingernails against the sides of the strings.  Most of the time lyra players perform solo and attach bells to the ends of the bows to accompany the melodies. 



Similar to the bagpipe, the Greek gaida originated in Northern Greece and has been played and passed sown for centuries.  It has one chanter pipe and a single drone pipe.  The reeds are also single, just like a clarinet.  It is not often played unaccompanied, like the bagpipe.  A toumbano (large drum) is usually played along with the gaida.


This project was developed by Sophomore students at Sandpoint High School for the 2001 University of Idaho EdTechQuest.  Contact us if you have any questions or comments.