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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Bouncing Down the Stairs – A Taqsim Technique

  If you liked last week’s post that showed you how to create a short musical phrase and turn it into a longer musical phrase, then you’re going to like this week’s post. This is another technique you hear during taqsim. I call it, “Bouncing Down Stairs”. Check out the video below to learn how to do it! Bouncing Down the Stairs Difficulty: easy to moderate What? This technique is…

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The Descending Pattern Technique for Taqsim

  The Descending Pattern Technique is something you will definitely hear when you listen to Middle Eastern music. You’ll hear it in short phrases and in longer phrases. It’s used during taqsim and in compositions. In essence, it is simply a musical phrase that gets repeated on different notes descending the maqam or scale. It’s like creating little musical theme and then copying it on different notes making a longer…

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The Secret to Playing Taqsim – Jins Rast

  Ever wonder how modulations work in taqsim? Ever find yourself listening to a taqsim and never understanding what’s going on? This week I attempted to put some Maqam stuff into the technique series. You’re going to see how you can use Jins Rast to move into other Maqamat. The use of Jins Rast is something I wanted to add into the Maqam Mastery Program but realized it was too…

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The Secret to Playing Taqsim Using Jins Rast (modulating to many different maqamat)

  Ever wonder if there is one good trick or tool to use to create a seamless modulation from one maqam to another? Ever listen to a taqsim where the Oud player confuses your ears and you can’t follow what he’s doing until you realize he’s playing a completely different maqam than what he started out playing? I know I’ve experienced these situations plenty of times. But I’m now going…

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The Drone – Right Hand Oud Taqsim Technique

  After talking with the Oud for Guitarists community we realized that people often struggle with 2 things when learning or playing the Oud: 1. Maqamat and 2. Techniques! That’s why we created the Maqam Mastery Program, and now that it has been completed, we’ve decided to start making a video series demonstrating various techniques that can be used on the Oud. They may be right hand techniques, they may be…

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Oud Maqam Learning Part 1: Maqam Learning Made Easy!

Okay, so you want to hear a melody, understand it and be able to play it authentically… But you find maqam music so hard to play, can’t recognize the maqams by ear, or remember them all…or all of the above? If so, check out this Oud Maqam Learning video series: Part 1: Maqam Learning Made Easy! (you are checking out this one) Part 2: The Ultimate Introduction to Maqam Music…

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Luth Traditionnel en Iraq – Album Review – Jamil Bashir

  Welcome to another Oud Geek album review.   I have been listening Jamil Bashir’s album for quite some time now, and as they say, it’s an oldie but a goodie!   If you haven’t heard it yourself yet, it is available for listening at the link below…   Mike Oud’s Rare Listening – Jamil Bashir and more (Jamil Bashir is at the top)   Please read the biographical information…

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Said Chraibi Album Review/Analysis – Oud

  Some of you said in our survey that you would like to know “what combination of technique, knowledge and execution it takes to emulate the great masters.” Well, let’s get familiar with some big names. In the next few months, I will write a series of articles discussing “celebrity Oud styles” and reviewing albums. Today, I want to discuss one of my favorite albums, Said Chraibi’s Oud. After reading…

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The Art of Oud Taqsim – 6 Secrets that will make you sound like Farid Al-Attrash

  An Oud Taqsim is probably one of the most well-known musical forms in the Middle East. If you want to play the Oud, you must learn how to play a Taqsim, an Oud solo. Without going into too many details about maqams and theory, here are 6 essential things to think about when you are practicing your taqsim. 1. Opening Your Oud Taqsim The opening first notes that you…

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