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When tuning an oud, is there a specific way to connect each string to each peg? There is a diagram, called the  Parfitt diagram, should I just use that one? Does it work for every oud?

Okay, this is a tough one to explain into words, so I did a bit of research and found this video, explaining step by step the way to tune an oud. It's in english, so you should be able to get the hang of it!

If you have any more questions, let us know!

I have bought a new Egyptian Oud and now intended to replace the strings. But I'm uncertain as to which strings should go which peg.
Should the lowest string go to the peg furthest to the nut or should it go to the closest peg I have? I just want to make sure that they are not really over stressed.
I'm using regular crystal tension strings.

Thanks in advance.

Lots of people seem to switch the position of 10 and 11 in the picture below.
An alternative, used by many Arabic oud players, has 56 where 34 are, 78 where 56 are, and 34 there 78 are.
It's like
10 4 3 2 1
11 9 8 7 6 5

Actually when I took my oud into a local shop (Amherst's "Fretted Instrument Workshop") the luthier there was very entertained - or confused? - by what he saw as the random nature of the string-to-peg pattern. I used the pattern illustrated above in Sreya's post and the luthier asked me if there was a good reason for it. I had to admit that, as a total newbie, I didn't know.


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