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Around The World - Serbian Kolo

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hi GMCers and welcome to Serbia !

    There is a variety of traditional music in Serbia, which is a part of the wider Balkan tradition with its own distinctive sound and characteristics.

    During the 500 years under Ottoman empire, Serbs were forbidden to own property, to learn to read and write and were even denied the use of musical instruments.
    The Serbs however were tenacious and maintained an oral history through folk poems and songs. The only defenders of Serbian art and culture in these difficult centuries were the peasants who played Gusle, a one-stringed instrument. As their punishment for playing a musical instrument many of these musicians were blinded by their oppressors resulting in thousands of such punishments. Being denied the right to music or dance, the Serbs invented a silent dance called KOLO in which the syncopation of the pounding feet became a sort of musical accompaniment to the dancers. This dance is still performed today by Serbian people.

    There are many kinds of Serbian folk music such as:
    Uzicko Kolo,Cacak,Cicino Kolo,Leskovacka Cetvorka, Sumadijsko Kolo,Vranjanski Cocek,Kokonjeste,Krajinska Setnja,Stara Sapcanka...

    Equipment and sound settings information:
    PRS SE Singlecut model
    Daw - Sonar8 Pro with integral plugins+ Amplitube 3/Addictive drums

    Tuning: standard EADGBE

    Time signature: 2/4

    Tempo: 80bpm

    Harmonic key: G minor

    Chord progression- Gm,Cm,A7,D/ Gm,Cm,F, A sharp

    Technique: Alternate and trilling technique. This is a great guitar exercise for strengthening your fret hand.

    Scale used - G harmonic minor:

    G HARMONIC MINOR SCALE

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