How to NEVER make a mistake when you play taqsim

How to never make a mistake when playing taqsim

Playing a taqsim can be intimidating.   …especially when your teacher or musically-versed audience is watching you intently.   In this video, you’ll find out how to NEVER make a mistake when you play taqsim.   Click here to check out Step by Step Taqasim!     How to NEVER make a mistake when you play taqsim   In 2016, I went to the Arabic music retreat and was put…

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2017 Highlights & Step-by-Step Taqasim

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2017 is going by fast. It has been a very eventful year. I haven’t released any new videos on YouTube in a while, but a few things developed which you can totally take advantage of right now. You can now hear my self-recorded and self-released solo Oud album. And it’s free. I’m working on a new project with Cumbus with Oud strings. I would love to hear your opinion on a rough…

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Teaching Oud in Japan

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Here I am with my Oud in Japan. I’ve visited Japan a few times since 2010, and this is the first time I dared to bring my Oud to Japan. I decided that on this trip I would contact some Japanese middle eastern musicians this time because… hey, there are A LOT of Darbuka, and Oud players there… And, why not… So here’s the short of how it went:  …

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Taqsim Study Material – Practice Oud Taqsim

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How do you learn how to play taqasim? This is a subject that is difficult to articulate. There are very few materials out there that teach taqasim. There are not many study materials written on paper about taqasim. For some Oud players, taqasim might eventually develop. For others, it takes some guess work, trial and error, and coaching. I’m of two minds in regards to this: From one perspective, you…

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How I learned Ear Training – Learn Music by Ear (and your voice)

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In the last post, you learned about active listening. Active listening is to learn music by ear. Well today I have a story about that, which I’m sure you can relate to.   I was eleven when I started learning Persian Santoor. Back then, I didn’t know the difference between scales. My teacher would play one scale for me, and then play a different one, and I couldn’t really tell what…

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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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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 Taqasim – Episode 1. Maqam Ajam Ushayran

    It has been difficult to make time for practising Oud this week. But on the days I was able to, it happened because I put Oud first on my list of things to do.   One of the things I’ll be working on for myself since the retreat is taqasim. Previously, I’ve always allowed my taqasim to be completely spontaneous. I don’t think about it. But after the retreat…

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Everything you need to learn in one song – Doulab Bayati

    Learning the subtleties of Arabic music can take a long time. When I was learning Arabic music, I was listening to lots of music so I could hear examples of everything and absorb all the melodies and nuances of all the different maqamat. I was copying these melodies on the Oud and trying to bring them out. It was a very long process, and I became very good…

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