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Hilda

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[Help Needed] Oud string question..
« on: October 17, 2015, 03:37:45 PM »
Hello all. I recently obtained an Oud from Cairo which has 12 pegs. I would like to see some kind of diagram of the placement of the strings and recommended set of strings.



Laurence

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Re: [Help Needed] Oud string question..
« Reply #1 on: October 17, 2015, 04:10:09 PM »
Many ouds have 12 pegs so that you can use them with either 12-string high f'f' tuning or 11-string low C tuning. Just because you have 12 pegs, you don't have to use them all.

The expected tuning for your oud are:
C FF AA dd gg c'c'
C GG AA dd gg c'c'
D GG AA dd gg c'c'
FF AA dd gg c'c' f'f'
GG AA dd gg c'c' f'f'

Mavrothis has a good explanation and diagrams here:
http://www.oudcafe.com/stringing_and_tuning.htm

Davids

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Re: [Help Needed] Oud string question..
« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2015, 10:47:33 AM »
I confirm that the strings placement detailed on Oud Café is one of the best solution.
I've tried many different configurations, and that one gives good results because it avoids string crossings in the pegbox. The oud stays in tune. "Oud Café" gives you a 11 strings diagram. For 12 strings, you just add another low C in front of the low C.