Ear Training Enrolment Next Week!

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  I’m almost done the new Ear Training Program, and it’s sounding fantastic. At the end of the program, you’ll be humming Arabic melodies all day. I want you to be the first to hear about when it will be released next week. AND, I want you to try it out for free. So click the link below to get on the newsletter. And just for signing up, I’ll send…

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Inspiration – Ross Daly

Anybody who knows me, knows that I’m a big fan of Ross Daly. I have a lot of respect and admiration for this guy. I learned about Ross and his work around 2004-2005, and was instantly blown away by his music and work. He continues to be an inspiration for me today. I’ll never forget having emailed him (back when myspace was popular) and inquired about one of his works, “Exorise me…

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The Most Important Thing in Arabic Music: Music Interpretation

Last week I talked about how I learned to use techniques and embellishments in my Oud playing, and now I want to demonstrate this in action. I’ll show you three ways I interpret my own music and apply different techniques and embellishments to the same basic melody to create different a different feeling and vibe.     If you want to these techniques and learn more about how and when…

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A common question: How do you know when to use certain techniques and embellishments in music?

A common question I get from Oud players is how do you know when to use certain techniques and embellishments in music. The question that is really being asked here is more a question of style and musicality. But where did I learn how to use techniques and embellishments? Watch the video below to find out.   Next week I’m going to play some examples from my own music to…

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Flashy Oud vs Emotional Oud: What’s better?

There’s a lot of debate about what’s better: to be able to play flashy techniques and play really fast, or to be able to play with a lot of feeling and emotion in your playing. What do you think? Watch this video, then share with me your favourite Oud video from YouTube. Post a link in the comments section below, and tell me why you it’s your favourite.    …

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Sultan of Soundboards – The Oudman Najib Shaheen

  I attended the 2016 Arabic Music Retreat hosted by Simon Shaheen, and I had a great time. It was a great experience to spend a whole week with some of the greatest Arabic musicians. The first character I met when I arrived there was Najib Shaheen, Simon Shaheen’s older brother. I like to call him Sultan-a-Soundboard… Because it seemed like every other Oud player at the retreat was playing…

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Maqam Ear Training

I always had a hard time understanding Maqam Lami. It sounded so strange to me, and I didn’t find it interesting. I knew some well known songs in Maqam Lami, but it still wasn’t sticking. Fortunately, Simon Shaheen used Maqam Lami in one of his ear training sessions at the Arabic Music Retreat… Then it all started to make sense. I took what I learned from his method and created…

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Unraveling a Taqsim: Episode 3 – Maqam Husseini (free taqasim training download)

  This week I have another taqsim for you to watch and follow along with. This one goes all over the place, and has a little Persian flair to it in some parts.   Free Taqasim Training Audio   In addition, I’ve created two taqasim training audio files that you can download at the bottom of this page when you sign up. A lot of people ask, “how do I…

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Unraveling a Taqsim: Episode 2 – Maqam Jiharkah

    Charbel Rouhana is releasing a new Oud method this month. This is great news for Oud learners worldwide because… he is having it written in dual languages: Arabic and English. I am looking forward to purchasing my own copy as it will cover at least five different levels of Oud and it will be a great resource to use in my own private lessons. When I get more…

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