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There really isn't a good answer to this question, considering the two instruments are so different.  The question is really about what appeals to you more.  Do you like playing more rhythmic or more melodic instruments?  Also, what does your group's music need more?  Are you looking to add a rhythmic component or a melodic component to your music?

Darbuka Sound & Video Clips / Re: Learn ten Darbuka Rhythms
« on: July 12, 2015, 05:28:40 PM »
Though I'm not personally a player, this has helped me get a better understand of what Darbuka players are doing rhythmically in the videos I watch.  On first listen, I think my favorite was the Masmoudi rhythm.  I also really liked the Malfuf and the Saidi, though.  They're really fun rhythms.

Darbuka Sound & Video Clips / Re: An absolutely amazing solo…
« on: July 12, 2015, 05:24:33 PM »
The precision displayed here is really something.  On top of that, the ease with which he seems to be playing while maintaining such expressiveness is even more impressive.  There is a great diversity of sounds, dynamic changes, and rhythm changes.  I could watch this guy play for hours.

Oud Videos & Sound / Re: Purple Haze Oud Cover (Jimi Hendrix)
« on: July 12, 2015, 05:16:27 PM »
Wow, this is awesome.  This song seems much more suited to the oud than I expected before watching.  Particularly the parts right after he says, "Excuse me, while I kiss the sky..." where he plays that glissando riff; it works really well there, and has a very appropriate psychedelic sound to it.  I imagine Jimi would get a kick out of this.

It would be really something to see a full band cover this song in a similar style.

Oud Videos & Sound / Yousif Abbas playing Iraqi Heritage
« on: July 12, 2015, 05:09:23 PM »

Really amazing playing here.  Such a diversity of sounds and techniques going on in one song.  What's interesting to me is around 2:35, I hear what sounds to my Western ear like a blues lick.  I can't tell if it was intentional, but I can't help but hear it that way.  Is my ear mishearing it?

Either way, this is a very cool video showing some excellent playing.

Oud Lovers / Re: Why do you guys love the oud?
« on: July 12, 2015, 05:02:45 PM »
For me, it has a lot to do with the timbre of the instrument.  The twanginess (for lack of a better term) of the notes really appeals to me, as well as the sound achieved by the paired strings.  I also like the distinct decay you get in contrast to other stringed instruments like guitar.  It provides for a different type of melodic development.  I also really like the look of the oud, to be honest.

Oud Lovers / Equal Temperament?
« on: July 12, 2015, 04:54:30 PM »
So, Arab music does not follow equal temperament, and it's generally recommended to tune by ear to properly tune your Oud (and for the ear training practice).  Does anyone use equal temperament anyway, because of the ease of using a tuner?  I'm primarily a guitar player, and unfortunately my ear is not the best.

How about when collaborating with musicians on equal tempered instruments like piano? How about if you are playing in non-typical keys?  When, if ever, is equal temperament appropriate?

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