Phrases on Bouzouki

We are delighted to release the new series: “Phraseology”, our best ever material by the great Manolis Karantinis. The series features key phrases on the four-string bouzouki on all modes covered in previous releases.

Phrases are vital for bouzouki playing. They encapsulate the essence of the modes and the character of the players. Sharing them is like sharing a lifetime of practice and performance experience. For the first time ever, Manolis Karantinis is exposing his style and technique to the world in a focused and detailed manner.

First mode is “Kiournti“, an extraordinary maqam combining a Minor tetra-chord and a Hidjaz penta-chord. It has a beautifully changing colour which can be used in compositions and improvisations alongside other scales. The video demonstrates the scale, one improvisation, and fourteen amazing phrases in two speeds, standard and slow, zooming on the bouzouki fretboard.

Notes:

  1. Greek bouzouki modes are named, categorized and used differently than similar modes in Turkish, Indian, Persian and jazz music.
  2. Recording by Athanasios Gikas, at Mythos Studios, Athens.
  3. Recording microphone AKG 414.

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.…

Second in the "Phrases on Bouzouki" series in Niavent. This mode has a clear minor (harmonic) colour with a sharp 4th note. Sometimes that note is simply understood as an…

The third video in the series is Hidjaz and Hidjazskiar. These two modes have a common tetra-chord in the lower part of the scale: Semitone - 1.5 Tone - Semitone.

Fourth in the series is are “Segiah”. This mode has a very special colour and a particular structure. Notice the augmented second note and the hidjaz tetrachord at the top…

The fifth video in the series is Sabah. It has has a minor colour. The fourth note is flat and at a distance of one and a half tones from…

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…

The seventh video in the series is "Major" which lies exactly on the common natural-major scale. The last two phrases of the video have a "Rast" colour as Manolis uses…

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…