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I was wondering if it's similar to guitar? If I can play guitar could I easily switch to this instrument, or would it be difficult? What would the differences be like? It's so pretty. I'm sure my family would love it too. They all collect instruments and love to find new ones to learn.

Despite the two instruments looking very similar, they're not alike as much as you think. Each have very different techniques and styles as well as different music categories. I personally found guitar to be much harder to learn because of the wider fingerboard. Theoretically though, I think the guitar is easier. Anyhow you shouldn't expect to be able to handle a guitar easily just because you mastered the Oud or vice versa. You should be willing to learn from scratch.

I had an introductory course in Oud last year and it only lasted for four weeks and only two classes per week, so I pretty much barely learned how to do certain notes in different Maqams, but that's as far as my experience goes. I'd love if any of you could list some of the books that helped you become better. They can either be in English or Arabic, and thanks in advance!

Buy & Sell Oud / What to look for when buying an Oud?
« on: May 03, 2015, 11:30:39 PM »
I'm a newbie so I still don't know much about the instrument. My music teacher warned me about buying by myself. He said I need to have a specialist with me in order to determine the quality of the Oud in general, but he didn't dive into specifics.

So, I'm hoping there are experts here who can help me. What exactly do I need to test/look for when buying an Oud.

Oud Lovers / Re: Why do you guys love the oud?
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:42:42 AM »
Well, its sound is just too beautiful for one. My reason might be subjective but I grew up in an Oud-loving environment/culture. I held one for the first time, and just fell in love with it. I still don't play well. In fact the lessons I took never covered everything, especially not the theoretical lessons.

Oud Lovers / An Oud made from a drawer?
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:34:50 AM »
I'm in no position to debate its sound quality and how comfortable it is to use overall, since I'm no export.

But if this is possible to do, then by all means I shall try it. Oud is pretty expensive where I live and I can't afford one at the time.

Did you ever build your own Oud from similar materials? How and what resources did you use?

Introduce Yourself / Hi!
« on: April 30, 2015, 09:27:41 AM »
Glad to find a forum like this. I've been a huge fan of the Oud, and I even took some free lessons offered by my university in my free time, but it was just introductory and barely had any practical benefit for me. I hope I can learn from a forum like this.

So, hi!  ;D

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