Author Topic: How many strings does your oud have?  (Read 1931 times)

Loona

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How many strings does your oud have?
« on: March 20, 2015, 04:18:25 AM »
Most ouds have 5 strings, right? Well, I have heard that you can actually add a 6th one, and I was wondering if any of you have done this?


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Re: How many strings does your oud have?
« Reply #1 on: March 20, 2015, 04:42:38 AM »
I'm an absolute beginner, so I have the "classic" model, with 5 strings. That's enough for me for now! When I'll become an expert at playing the oud (and please, notice my positive attitude :D ), I'll probably be tempted to add the 6th string to see how it feels :)
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Re: How many strings does your oud have?
« Reply #2 on: March 21, 2015, 04:24:31 AM »
Wait a minute... back up a bit! You can add an extra string to an oud? And how would you play it, I'm only used to play the classic 5 strings, I can't even imagine having to 'deal' with a 6th...
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Re: How many strings does your oud have?
« Reply #3 on: March 27, 2015, 06:04:00 AM »
Well, first of all there are main 2 types of ouds: Turkish and Arab (each with different variations).
Turkish oud mainly have 5 pairs of strings, which means 10 strings in total, but they can also have 11 (the single 'drone string' or 'bam teli'). And this is just one example.... they can have 4 pairs of strings, 5 pairs, the Arabic ones can have 13-15 strings... ans so on!
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Re: How many strings does your oud have?
« Reply #4 on: March 28, 2015, 03:57:16 AM »
I think MisterK pretty much nailed it! Number of strings depends on the type of oud and it can be anywhere from just a few to, well, I'd say 15 strings is many!
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