Tune the four-course bouzouki starting with the first set of strings (closest to the top of the instrument). Tune the strings to D, A, F and C, using your tuner. If you are using a three-course bouzouki, tune the strings to D, A and D.
Form chords on the bouzouki with one hand on the neck of the instrument. Form the chords that you would normally play on the first four strings of the guitar. These will work on the four-course bouzouki. The three-course bouzouki uses a unique chord structure, which you can learn from specific bouzouki learning materials and/or teachers.
Hold the plectrum between the thumb and index finger of your other hand. Use an up and down picking pattern to play the notes.
Reading Bouzouki Tab
Bouzouki tablature (tab for short) is a system of notation that graphically represents strings and frets of thebouzouki fretboard. Each note is indicated by placing a number which indicates the fret to play, on the appropriate string.
To start out, tabs are written in lines, each line representing a string on the guitar. The thickest string (C-Nto) being the bottom most line and the thinnest string (D-Re) being the topmost.The ‘zero’ represents playing an open string.