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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The Difference Between Persian, Arabic and Turkish Quartertones

    If you don’t know anything about me, the first thing you should know is that I only started listening to Arabic and Turkish music about 8 or 9 years ago. I’m Persian, I grew up listening to traditional Persian music, and the bulk of my musical education is in Persian music. So when I started to listen to Arabic and Turkish music I noticed that the quartertones (or…

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The Vancouver Intercultural Orchestra

  Do you have any plans in the future to play in an Orchestra? Are you forming a world music band or ensemble? Here are a few things to watch for and some suggestions on how to solve the challenges you might face performing and collaborating in this fashion.   I started collaborating with the Vancouver Inter-Cultural Orchestra in Vancouver back in 2005 or 2006. This was my first real…

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Farid Al Atrash Taqsim Al Rabeea Part 4 – Finale!

            I was listening to this Album by the Classical Arabic Orchestra of Aleppo, Ottoman Arabic Classical Music. The first track is Samai Bayati starting with a Oud taqsim. At about 0:53 seconds, the Oud player plays the exact same riff that Farid Al Atrash played from his taqsim Al Rabeea… it’s not exactly the same, but it’s quite obvious where the inspiration for this comes from. In…

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3 Stroke Trills

    Are you ready for a workout? Let’s play some trills together. But I’ll be honest, it’s difficult to define this one. Call it what you want, it’s really good to learn!!! I’ll let the video speak for itself: 3 Stroke Trills difficulty: intermediate to advanced What? This is a 3 stroke accent played on two notes with a stroke pattern of DOWN UP DOWN. Why? It creates rhythmic…

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Hamza Al Din Combo

So I’m sure you remember this video. I’ve embedded it three times now. There is a short excerpt from this that you will learn in the video below the Hamza Al Din one. This lesson puts together two techniques together to play this combo, the down down up picking pattern and the tremolo drone technique. Check it out! The Hamza Al Din Combo Difficulty: moderate to advanced, tricky What? The…

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Free Sheet Music: Middle Eastern, Arabic, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, and Persian

  A lot of people are looking for sheet music to learn new pieces. Here is a list of some good sources for free downloadable sheet music. If you know of any other links or sources for Middle Eastern Sheet Music please let us know so we can share it with everyone online and encourage people to learn. Free Sheet Music Arabic Sheet Music MEMA This is my favorite site….

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The Chraibi Slide

  Want to play like a pro? Then I’ve got just the technique for you. I call it, the Chraibi Slide. Check out the video below to learn how to do it!     The Chraibi Slide – Oud Technique   Difficulty: Advanced Prerequisites techniques: Trill, Tremolo, Slide. See the Foundation Program to learn how to play these core Oud techniques in-depth.  What? The Chraibi slide is a flourished slide…

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Advanced Hammer on Pull off Combinations

  Advanced Hammer-on Pull-off combinations are where your Oud playing will come to life. You will hear these nuances often in all kinds of traditional Middle Eastern music. Check out the video below to learn how to do it!     Advanced Hammer on Pull off Combinations Difficulty: Advanced   What? Advanced Hammer-on Pull-off combinations are where hammer-ons and pull-offs work together to create another unique nuance, or melodic phrase….

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