Oud Practice

  I’m an introvert.   Playing the Oud allows me to enter my own world.   Even though I have a lot of performing experience, I think playing the Oud has always been a stress reliever, and I always get energized after I play the Oud.     How about you? Are you an introvert? Oud practice   I come to the Oud from Persian music. Persian music, at it’s core,…

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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 Muting Technique – Playing Short Staccato Notes

  You’re going to learn another important nuance that is found in all types of music. I call it the…   Muting Technique It allows you to cut off the note that you have played so you can play notes short and staccato. Watch the video below to see how it’s done!   Muting Technique – Basic Left Hand Oud Technique Difficulty: Easy   Why? The ability to mute the notes…

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Album Review “From Stone To Diamond” – Hossein Behroozinia

Have you ever wondered what happened to the Oud in Persian music, why it was abandoned, and how it came known to be the main instrument of the Arabs? I often do… I have not yet found a good answer. But I can tell you that the Oud is alive and well in Iran now because of the efforts of a few individuals who helped bring it back or keep…

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The Best 50 Middle Eastern Songs You Have to Hear!

  Here is a brief education in Middle Eastern music listening. If you want to become more familiar with Arabic music and don’t know where to begin, I have 50 suggestions for you. This is just a mere, humble list, and really does not do justice to the rich musical traditions of each area I mention, but it is a strong start. I made three categories: Arabic, Turkish, Persian. The…

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Pianos Are Out of Tune – A Discussion on Equal Temperament and Oud Music

Did you know Pianos are intentionally tuned “out of tune”? Yes it’s true. Modern Pianos are all tuned using a system called “Equal Temperament”. In fact, you can’t use your ear to tune a Piano in equal temperament because our ears don’t hear notes in this manner. Piano tuners use a device and they need to know how much each note needs to be “out of tune” in order to…

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Arabic and Persian Music – Arabic Maqam and Persian Dastgah Comparison

  Arabic and Persian Music – Arabic Maqam and Persian Dastgah Equivalents I thought it would be interesting and essential to write a post for those who want to get their bearings on Arabic and Persian scale systems. This post compares the Arabic Maqam to Persian Dastgah to show where and how they overlap. I have never seen a comparison of this kind before. It is relatively a superficial comparison…

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Persian Rhythms

Traditional Persian Rhythms   Traditional Persian rhythms are not particularly profuse as one might expect. If you compare the number of common rhythms we have in Persian music to the Arabic ones described on maqamworld you will see that there are not so many traditional Persian rhythms. The rhythms that are discussed here are not comprehensive, but they are a purview of the rhythms you will hear in Persian music…

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Arabic Maqam Theory – A Brief Introduction

  This article is going to be a concise introduction to Arabic maqam theory. My hope is that this will break down the basics for you to understand what is going on in Arabic music in terms of what scales are being played and how to modulate. For a beginner, one of the most important things to do in order to learn this music is to listen to Arabic music…

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What’s Your Style? – Regional Oud Playing Styles (Part 2)

  If you remember from last week’s post, I was going to continue the regional Oud playing styles discussion by talking about non-Arabic styles. Knowing about these styles goes a long way to enriching your knowledge of the Oud, and appreciating the scope it has acquired over time. Here is a big category: Turkey Turkish music is a whole different genre. You will hear different maqams with different names. You…

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