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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3 Essential, Fun and Effective Oud Exercises

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Here are a few essential, fun and effective Oud exercises that are perfect for warming up your fingers or learning the fundamental basics of the Oud, and advancing your technique. I wrote these for a student who needed to work on some specific things to improve their Oud playing. Exercise 1: This exercise is really important for anyone who wants to play fast. It helps develop playing up strokes when…

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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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Learn Arabic Music With Your Ears and Your Voice

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I’m sure you’ve heard it before… especially when you ask… “What’s the best way to learn maqams?” or “How do you learn how to play a taqasim?”   Typical answer: “You have to listen to middle eastern music a lot.”   Or sometimes… you might think or say to yourself… “It’s hard to learn because I didn’t grow up in a middle eastern background.” “Middle eastern people have an advantage…

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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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