Greek Tunes and Rhythms

These Greek-island tunes were taught by Georgios Leftheriotis, at the Lark in the Morning music and dance camp, in 2001. It is instructive to note that time signatures can be broken down many different ways, so the 9/8 tune in the list below is not broken down as 3-3-3, but rather as 2-2-2-3.

Tune Key Scale Rhythm* Notes of Scale
1
Vegara G Hijaz G Ab – B C – D Eb – F –
2
Varella Fm Diatonic Minor F
3
Island Tune Gm Ousak G
4
__??__ Cm Diatonic Minor 7/8 (SQQ) C
5
__??__ (slow tune) G Hijaz slow G Ab – B C – D Eb – F –
6
From a Strange Land Cm Diatonic Minor C
7
Karsilamas G Hijaz 9/8 (QQQS) G Ab – B C – D Eb – F –
8
Boat from the Island Bb Major Bb

*(S=slow=1,2,3, Q=quick=1,2)

Note:
For more information on the scales, see the Greek Scales page.

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