Phraseology – Houzam
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 sixth video in the series is Houzam which is characterised by two important features. Firstly, the augmented second note and secondly the finishing note of the descending scale which is not the tonic but the major third as Manolis indicates. The mode has a major colour.
Duration: 8′ 14″
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