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 eleventh video in the series is “Natural Minor”. The natural minor scale is identical to the natural C scale starting from note A. It is also called Aeolian. It is different to the Harmonic and the Melodic minor scales. In this video Manolis Karantinis plays fifteen phrases, an excellent improvisation and the scale itself in different positions. Once again he demonstrates his unique plectrum technique and his left hand finger positions.
Duration: 11′ 29″
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