Tunings and Playing Styles of the Baglama
Baglamas are tuned differently in every part of Turkey, and the structure of the folk song to be played and the strokes of the plectrum affect the tuning system.
The baglama can be played either with or without a plectrum, in the latter case by striking the strings with the fingers in the method known as selpe. Selpe has several regional variations. For example among the Turkmen communities of the Aegean, musicians bang the body of the baglama, while among the Alevis they strike with less force.
Baglama represents Turkish folk music
The Kopuz and the Baglama
Dervishes and the Baglama
Like its ancestor the kopuz, the Turkmens of Anatolia attached sacred significance to the baglama, and the religious ceremonies of the Alevi and Bektasi sects begin by kissing the baglama and touching it to the head before beginning to play the hymns which made up a large part of the ritual.