Music phrases (licks) are key in using the modes and maqams on the bouzouki. It is one thing to know the notes of the mode and another to use them. For this reason, we are publishing “Phrases on Bouzouki” by the great bouzouki player Manolis Karantinis. It is a superb set of videos featuring key-phrases (licks) in each mode.
In the video, Manolis plays the scale – “abc” notation, solfège – a beautiful improvisation and a smashing set of phrases. The bouzouki was recorded with an AKG 414 microphone by the exceptional sound engineer Athanasios Gikas, at Mythos Studios, Athens.
The tenth video in the series is “Harmonic Minor”. This scale is used in classical music and broadly in traditional music. Starting from the fifth note, the scale is identical to the Hidjaz mode on bouzouki. The video includes 17 phrases and a beautiful improvisation, where Manolis Karantinis demonstrates inventive left-hand finger-positions, right hand technique and a unique aesthetic.
Duration: 13′ 35″
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