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.
Second in the series is “Niavent”. This mode has a clear minor (harmonic) colour with a sharp 4th note. Sometimes that note is simply understood as an accidental note as it can be found in other minor modes too.
The modes played by Greek bouzouki players are named and categorised differently than in jazz or middle eastern music.
Duration: 8′ 41″
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