The teaching method includes the following stages:
• Body posture
• Hand structure
• Left hand fingers positioning
• Right hand exercises (pick)
• Rhythm - metronome
• Theory and execution on scales, with their harmony in every pitch.
• Music pentagram
• “Mpertelidiko” system
The “mpertelidiko” system is a style of music playing for the bulgari and the lute, with very few differences between them. The system’s roots are doric (monophonic melody with one or two fluctuations) with western and eastern influences through the passage of time, which took shape in the middle of the Mediterranean and preserved in Western Crete.
Bulgari is a stringed musical instrument which belongs in the taburades family, a distinct feature of cretan music which originates in the greek Pandura. It has a curved soundhole and it is pear-shaped, while the neck is long and thin. It has three pairs of thin steel double chords and moving fets. It has a moving nut and the chords are tied to the lower end of the instrument. Its shape resembles the Arabic sazi, but its size resembles the tzoura.
The lute is a stringed instrument, which is used in the greek traditional music to accompany the violin, the lyre, the clarinet, or other instruments – even though it has great potential as a standalone instrument. The lute is comprised of elements from the ancient greek pandura (long neck). It is related to the outi, but it has a longer neck. It is tuned in E-A-D-G (cretan lute) and in A-D-G-C (inland and island lyre), from the bottom to the top.
The bouzouki instrument has a greek origin, while it is considered as an evolution of the ancient greek pandura, same as the lutes. As a descendant of the ancient greek music, the origin of the bouzouki dates back to ancient Greece, where one could find the respective ancient greek instrument known as "Pandouridion" or "three-cord" since it had three cords.
The mandolin is a stringed musical instrument from Italy. It was created before the end of the 17th century. It is the result of perfecting the mandola (or mantola), a musical instrument that dates back to the Middle Ages. It has been established as a part of the cretan music in the last 100 years.