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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Jamil Bashir Oud Method Exercise

    Here’s an exercise from Jamil Bashir’s Oud method. This is a beginner level Oud lesson for practicing 16th notes in G major scale. The tuning you need to use for this lesson is (low to high string) C G A D g c.     Free Beginner Oud Lessons Course Next week I’m starting a brand new free email course for bare beginner Oud players. This course is…

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Super Oud Tremolo Exercise

          Tremolo is one of the most challenging techniques for Oud learners, but it’s so essential to Oud playing. It takes time and discipline. In this video, you’ll learn an exercise that will help develop your Oud tremolo. Let me know what you think about this Oud lesson. Comment below or email me at support@oudforguitarists.com. Tomorrow, Oud for Guitarists is offering a limited time Premium Oud…

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The Beginner’s Guide to Holding the Oud and Risha

  The Oud is the most awkward instrument to hold. It looks easy, because it looks like the same way you would hold a guitar…   But you can’t hold it quite the same way as a Guitar…   There are two ways to solve the Oud holding problem.   Use a foot stool The foot stool will save you from unnecessary pain and discomfort. They carry them at any…

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Become an expert on Arabic in 15 days with this FREE Email Course!

I found it really difficult to get into Arabic music when I started investigating it and listening to it. I didn’t have the cultural background or even friends to ask about it. Even the Arabic Oud players I knew about were hard to listen to because I just wasn’t diggin’ it yet. It took me a while to get a taste for Arabic music… and Turkish music. I had only…

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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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Learn Guli Ya Hilu on Oud

        A few weeks ago you learned how to play a basic Jurjunah (Jurjinah) Rhythm on the Oud. Now it’s time to learn an actual song in this rhythm. We’ll learn Guli Ya Hilu, a well-know traditional Iraqi song. Check out the video below. Guli Ya Hilu is in an obscure Maqam called Lami. For information about this maqam listen to Jamil Bashir’s taqsim. You can also check…

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Samai Bayati Al Aryan Part 2 – Free Oud Lesson

  Here is the follow up to last weeks free Oud lesson Samai Bayati Al Aryan with Advanced Techniques. It will complete the first “hane” of this Samai instrumental. Samai Bayati Al Aryan Part 2 For those of you who like notation, here it is! This is the 2nd section of Samai Bayati Al Aryan played on the Oud with advanced techniques. Turkish Samai pieces are very well organized. This section…

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3 Stroke Accent (Short Tremolo Burst)

  This is one of my favorite techniques. It’s absolutely indispensable, so really practice this one. You’ll also want to remember this one because it’s going to help you learn a really cool riff that Simon Shaheen plays in his album Blue Flame. And you’re going to learn Simon Shaheen’s riff in next week’s video! Learn how to play the 3 stroke accent in the video below. The 3 Stroke…

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Tremolo Pull Off – Essential Oud Technique

    Thanks for checking out this week’s post. It is a few weeks late due to computer repair, but better late than never. This technique will give you some variety and it’s very simple, but it might take some practice to master and some time to figure out how to apply it. It’s called, Tremolo pull off. Check out the video below to learn how to do it! Tremolo…

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