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Oud Teachers & Lessons / Free Ear Training course for maqams
« on: March 15, 2019, 08:36:07 AM »
I've put the finishing touches on a new, free Ear Training email course.

You can sign up for it here.

I'll be closing enrolment for this FREE course at the end of the weekend (Sunday evening March 17th). :(

In this course you will receive one lesson per day for three days by email.

You will learn:

1. The key to learning maqams.
2. Two original OudforGuitarists Ear Training sessions.
3. A bonus "real world" ear training exercise that demonstrates how far you've come in two days.

I always hear about how Oud learners want to play taqasim.

But they have no idea where to start.

Someone wrote to me once and said,

"I have found a teacher who plays oud and I keep nagging him about teaching me taqsim. He has played improvised taqsim to be in different maqams and Iím almost jumping up and down. ďYES! Thatís what I want to do! How do you do it?Ē

He tells me that itís a matter of imitation, listening... but I havenít got enough tools in the tool box to get going. I want him to say ĎOkay, copy this....and Iím going from Hijaz to Biyati....Ē Step by step."

Can you relate?? Not only is taqsim hard to learn, but it's also challenging to teach.

You need a little guidance on what to do and why you're doing it.

When I taught myself certain maqams, I had to figure out for myself why it's played like this or that. I really had to sit down and think, "hmm, I really don't understand this melody, but what could it be? Do I hear other players play it like this? Is this something from a song? Does it just sound cool? Is it helping him modulate?".

This is why I created Step-by-Step Taqasim.

Step-by-Step Taqasim is exactly that. A step-by-step way to learn and play taqasim.

One of my favourite tools which you get in this program is what I call, "fill-in-the-blanks" taqasim.

This is a crucial exercise. You have a pre-composed taqsim with areas that are blank. Your task is to write in the melody. Guidance is given as to what you should do, but it also requires you to practice your courage and experimentation muscle to see what you can come up with.

Because... let's be honest, one day you want to be able to create a taqsim on the spot completely on-the-fly!

The person who shared that story above has already joined the program and this is what he had to say:

"Fabulous start! This is exactly what I had hoped for!"

Oud Videos & Sound / Good King Wenceslas (Vocal, Oud, Riq cover)
« on: December 17, 2016, 01:50:15 AM »
This is one of my favourite Christmas carols and it plays very well on Oud. The mp3 is also available for download.


mp3 download:

Oud Videos & Sound / Flashy Oud vs Emotional Oud Episode Series
« on: December 10, 2016, 12:23:28 AM »
Flashy Oud vs Emotional Oud Episode Series

In this video series I discuss different Oud playing styles and how I apply techniques and embellishments and how I use embellishments to interpret music differently.

This would be good for you if you're a beginner or intermediate Oud player. I hope you find it helpful.

Episode 1

Episode 2

Episode 3

Oud Lovers / Let's talk about Oud styles and how to apply techniques
« on: November 26, 2016, 01:20:39 AM »

I want to know what is your favourite Oud video and why? Share in a reply below!

Oud Lovers / Who is the Oudman
« on: November 08, 2016, 08:53:42 PM »
I met the Oudman. He is the Sultan of Soundboards. Find out why.

I'm been putting a lot of time into creating a free Oud course for bare beginners. The idea is that it would take you from day one with the Oud to the end of your first month of lessons with a private instructor.

Here's a glimpse of what it would look like.

Here are some guidelines for making a true Oud sound with the MultiOud. I'm really happy with what I've been able to produce. I used to think the MultiOud couldn't be used in Arabic music, but in fact you can get a good sound out of it.

A lot of people ask me what the difference between MultiOud Ambiance and Encore is, and how they sound different. Here's a video that gives you a demonstration of the differences in terms of specifications and sound.

In the next video tomorrow, you'll learn the 4 critical factors I use to get a decent Oud sound out of the MultiOud.

If you go to the link, you can also sign up to get a list of MultiOud videos I recommend to watch to see what the possibilities are with the MultiOud.

Oud Lovers / Godin MultiOud for Arabic Oud sound - video 1 of 3
« on: June 23, 2016, 12:50:10 AM »
If you're considering buying the Godin MultiOud, it's great for Arabic music too. You just have to treat it a bit differently than an acoustic Oud and put on the right strings. Watch this video and read this blog post if you would like to learn more


Oud Teachers & Lessons / Special Oud Lessons Offer
« on: March 28, 2016, 03:19:21 PM »
Special Oud Lessons Offer

Oud for Guitarists has upgraded our online learning platform and we're celebrating with this special offer. Today is your last chance to get a huge package of Oud lessons at a discount price.

If you are having trouble with tremolo as a beginner, then check out this video. Hopefully it will help you develop your tremolo faster.

Please let me know what you think of these tips for holding the Oud and Risha.

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