Bağlama (Saz) Course | Online&In-Person | One-to-One




Online & In-Person 


Date: 24 November – 22 December 

Online on any day agreed with the instructor throughout 5 weeks

Face-to-face at the Institute on Fridays or Wednesdays at the agreed-upon time with the instructor throughout 5 weeks

Time: 60-minute slots each week as agreed with the Instructor

Duration: 5 weeks  

Fee:  £265 

Class Size: One-to-one

Instructor: Ahmet Ozan Baysal

Location: 10 Maple Street W1T 5HA (Nearest tube stations: Warren Street and Goodge Street)  or ONLINE platforms


Entry Requirements

You must be 16+ to attend the course. 

A Saz is required for this course.


Course Overview 

This ONLINE | FACE-TO-FACE course will introduce students to the Bağlama (Saz) – one of the most well-known instruments in Anatolian folk music, and the main instrument of traditional Aşık (Ashik) music of Anatolia.  

This is a practical introduction to the Bağlama that will provide participants with a step-by-step guide on how to play the Turkish “Kısa-Sap Bağlama” (short neck) Bağlama in “Bağlama düzeni” (Bağlama tuning scheme) and its basic performance styles with a plectrum. 

The classes will be held either online or face-to-face at the Institute on a 60-minute individual one-to-one basis at a time agreed with the student and the instructor. Please arrange your 60-minute slot for the weekly one-to-one sessions with the course instructor Ozan Baysal after registration. 


Methods of Teaching  

The course will be taught according to the traditional training and the educational model used in Anatolia, which has remained largely unchanged for hundreds of years.  


Assessment & Certification 

Students will receive a hand-out at the beginning of the course about the terms used and feedback throughout the duration of the course to track improvement. 

A digital certificate of attendance or completion certificate will be issued at the end of the course. 


Required Equipment & Materials  

Please note that a Bağlama (saz) is required for this course. Please ensure that you have your own saz before commencing the course.

You may wish to purchase a Bağlama online. Please contact the instructor Ahmet Ozan Baysal at for recommendations on purchasing a Bağlama. 

Unfortunately, Yunus Emre Institue London cannot hire out the instrument to students this term.  



The course is taught in English, but some terminology used may be in Turkish. 

In the event a lesson is cancelled, the lesson will be added at the end of the course. We advise students to keep two weeks free from the course end date. 

If you have any questions or queries, please direct them to us on