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.
Fourth in the series is are “Segniah”. This mode has a very special colour and a particular structure. Notice the augmented second note and the hidjaz tetrachord at the top of the scale. As Manolis Karantinis presents it, the mode descending, finishes on the third note (C Segniah finishes on note E) and not on the first.
The modes played by Greek bouzouki players are named and categorised differently than in jazz or middle eastern music.
Duration: 12′ 00″
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