Phraseology – Oussak
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 eighth video in the series is “Oussak”. This mode – as it is played on bouzouki – is a natural minor mode with the second note flat. In eastern maqams the second note is flat only by a microtone and not a full semitone. Manolis is indicating so, using a bend in certain phrases in this video. The video contains 18 phrases with variable left-hand finger positions and a beautiful improvisation.
Duration: 14′ 19″
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