This video includes -among others- some solo improvisations which as Manolis noted are not really played today in popular Greek clubs because of the way the entertaiment programmes are structured. He is also playing his own interpretations of famous tunes such as Zeibekiko tis EvdokiasHathike to Feggari and Hartaeti. He combines different modes (musical scales) and techniques in order to demonstrate the potential of the instrument and the various approaches one can have on it. In between some of the solos Manolis makes comments and expresses opinions about the importance of putting soul into the playing, the value of a tune when it was first recorded, etc…

This video is the first part from the seminar that Manolis gave in London on February 2012.


  1. Improvisation
  2. Improvisation
  3. Interpretation on “Zeibekiko tis Evdokias” by Manos Loizos
  4. Improvisation with Kanun
  5. “Hathike to Fegari” by Stavros Ksarhakos with Improvisation
  6. “Tis Ksenitias” by Mikis Theodorakis, with Improvisation
  7. “Hartaetoi” by Mikis Theodorakis with Improvisation

Duration: 39′ 26″

Price: £10
(approx. 12€ or US$13, depending on exchange rates)

*this video was formerly called ‘2012 – 1 (Part 1)’ because it was the first part of the first video to publish in 2012.


  1. OUSAK

    Thanks Manolis Karantinis for sharing your knowledge and making this available to us not living in Greece.

  2. Gipi

    Thanks for this great piece of art.

  3. Costa Vasili

    Manoli, you are brilliant! Thank you for your contribution to the bouzouki. I am inspired by you.

  4. gala florea

    thelo karaoke laika

  5. Jim

    Karantinis is borderline genius !!!

  6. John

    No. Karantinis IS genius!

  7. aitan

    Hello Mr. Krntiniss I love you 25 years you are No. 1 in the world
    I have less said all your recordings that you play where you king
    I’m glad you opened site please email all you need to update course every recording
    You play please do not forget me I adore you Yasoo Nolly

  8. Yavuz Bağcı

    any plan to come to Turkey ???

  9. Glen

    It was a pleasure listening to you play last night at the Remos concert here in Melbourne, Australia. You are simply awesome!

  10. Θεοδωρης Πουλος

    I’m 17 from the U.S. and have been studying bouzouki for the past 8 years. From the preview alone i was able to pick up techniques i’ve never seen before, i cant wait to get the Full Versions of Part 1 and 2. Thank you Mr.Karantinis (if you see this) and the team who made this possible, and also to those who made this footage accessable. ☺

  11. Nestor

    I think it’s great that you guys can publish such incredible learning material. Greatly appreciated from Canada.

    I’m in the process of purchasing the bouzouki scales video and I have already bought last year’s seminar in 3 parts, but is there a second part to the bouzouki scales video? It’s not 100% clear from the news page what the part 2 refers to… is it from last year’s seminar?

    Your feedback is greatly appreciated.