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Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / MAINTENANCE TIPS
« on: August 17, 2015, 02:44:01 AM »
Always wipe down the strings and all of the oud gently with a soft, clean cloth after playing, especially after you've played a long time.  This will help preserve the strings longer, as well as the wood.  A clean instrument is a great sounding instrument.
To really preserve your strings and keep a strong, constant tone, do the following:  Spray a very small amount of "Finger-ease" on a soft cloth and, avoiding the soundboard area completely, pinch each string and slide up and down cleaning with the applied area.  Afterwards, wipe down the strings with a dry part of the cloth to remove any residue.  It's also recommended that you do this to brand new strings before putting them on the instrument, removing any chemical treatment they have had from the factory.  This spray works on all types of strings for all instruments.

Every time I change my strings (about every 6 months or so) I apply some "Hill" brand peg compound that you can buy at any violin shop. I apply a little around each peg at the two "rings" where it is visible the peg contacts the pegbox, then I rub a little "Ivory" brand soap (99% pure soap) onto the applied peg compound which will then mix together for a smooth yet stable turning peg.

You may notice black marks on the face of your instrument under the treble strings where the neck meets the face, and also above the pickguard if you are picking above that area.  This can be safely and easily removed using Naptha (cigarette lighter fluid, i.e. Zippo).  Just apply a little Naptha to a soft cloth and rub the area with the mark/stain along the grain. This also works well for marks left by pickup/microphone adhesives you might use to amplify your oud. It is the safest and easiest way to remove marks and stains from finished or unfinished woods, and evaporates within a few minutes leaving a clean, almost new surface. 

You should never attempt to put any oils or finishes on the oud face unless you are sure you know what you are doing.  It will stain permanently, and possibly negatively affect the oud's sound (it will probably require sanding to remove).

Never leave your oud in the car, in the sun, by a heater, anywhere it might be exposed to too much heat, cold, sunlight, etc.  Extremes are bad for your instruments. 

Keep an eye on the humidity.  Too much or too little is not healthy for the woods on your oud.  Try to keep it around 40-60% or so.

Always have a hard case for your oud.  You would make your child wear a seatbelt wouldn't you?  Protect your oud(s) too, they deserve it. 

It doesn't hurt every few years to have your oud examined by its maker, or by another experienced luthier/oud maker for a 'check-up.'  This is especially true for older instruments.

Finally, to get the best sound out of your instrument(s), play often!


Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Riq Lessons from Randy Gloss!
« on: August 16, 2015, 02:29:50 AM »
Before You Start: There are two main playing positions for this instrument. They are commonly referred to as the Cabaret style and the Soft style. these lessons deal only with Cabaret style.

 a) Holding the Riq

1. Make a C shape with your left hand. (if you're right handed)
2. rest the Riq into the C with one set of jingles facing down through the middle of the C.
3. Bring your thumb (bottom half of C) up to push against the back jingle.
4. Your forefinger and possibly your middle finger will hold the Riq where the skin meets the shell.
5. Moderately tilt the drum forward to rid yourself of any unwanted or excess shimmer of the jingles.
6. Your right hand will be used to play drum sounds in this position. Unlike other styles of frame drumming, your right hand should not rest or pivot off the shell. Keep it free to move.
 7. Likewise, your left hand will be used (along with your right)to play the front jingles in your C. Use your ring finger in each hand (on that same jingle). Practice altenating right-left-riight-left for awhile, to get the feel.

I took lessons on the Kawala for a few months before moving to another state. Before moving I ordered a Ney from Turkey with plans to have lessons on it. Now, I'll probably be on my own trying to learn to play it. Is there a difference in playing the two flutes? I know the Ney has a whole on the bottom of the flute whereas the Kawala does not?

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Darbuka: A little-known percussion instrument
« on: August 15, 2015, 02:24:20 AM »

Darbuka, also known as doumbek (or tumbak), or derbeki, is a Middle Eastern percussion instrument. The goblet-shaped single headed hand-drum is an ancient drum. It was originally played in Egypt, Armenia and Turkey.

The darbuka is considered to be the leader of percussion instruments in the Middle East. The origin of darbuka has its roots in the Oriental music, where distinctive rhythms are quite common. However, in the latter years, Darbuka made its way into Western music.

Authentic darbukas are home made and are made of clay or wood with goat skin stretched over the top using rope, leather thongs or nails.

Contemporary versions of darbuka may also use aluminum or copper with synthetic fibres for the drumming surface. The fact that the drum is single-headed distinguishes it from other musical instruments of the family, such as the tabla, dhol and pakhawaj. Since the instrument has a long history of being used for belly-dancing music in the Middle East, it is also referred to as the belly dance drum.

The first known western classical composition to feature a goblet drum is the opera Les Troyens by the French composer Hector Berlioz, which calls for a tarbuka in the Dance of the Nubian Slaves in Act IV. While the first compositions for goblet drum and orchestra were composed by Halim El-Dabh in the 1950s. His Fantasia-Tahmeel for goblet drum and strings was premiered in New York City in 1958, with a string orchestra conducted by Leopold Stokowski.

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / ORIGIN OF THE DARBUKA
« on: August 15, 2015, 02:21:48 AM »
The Source of the Darbuka
The Darbuka is also known as a doumbek, dumbelek, derbocka and darabukka. This goblet shaped hand drum is mainly used in the Arabic music. Apart from this, Darbuka is also considered to be a popular instrument in the Balkan, Persian and Turkish music. However, you will be able to know more about this instrument from the history of Arabian music. It is said that Darbuka had been a popular instrument in the Middle Eastern music. In fact, according to historic evidence, the frame drum is considered to be the chief percussion instrument in the Middle East. The origin of darbuka or doumbek dates back to the Oriental music, where the distinctive rhythms are quite common. However, in the later years, Darbuka founds its way into the Western music

The materials which make the Darbuka
The body of this musical instrument is made from fish or skin of the goat. Traditionally, it was made out of clay. According to most of the people, darbuka resembles the African Djembe. However, nowadays, Darbukas are seen to be consists of metals, such as, copper, brass, aluminium, whereas, the skins are seen to made out of plastic. But, sometimes in order to produce a deeper sound, natural skin is also used. While playing this instrument, the musician usually places the drum on his knee. However, in the past, while performing players use to place this instrument under the arm.

The techniques of playing the Darbuka
Apart from all these, there is a wide range of techniques, following which this drum can be played. This technique differs from region to region and varies on the basis of the material the instrument is made from. There are mainly 2 types of goblet drums. Among them, the Turkish style exposes the edge of the head, whereas, the Egyptian Darbuka style features rounded edges around the head. Though, this instrument was invented long years back, till now people love to listen to its melodious tune.


« on: August 14, 2015, 05:30:58 AM »

Instructor : Tareq Al Jundi
Instrument : Oud
# of Videos 39
Level: beginner


The main and the most popular musical instrument in Arabic Music is the Oud. Learn Oud 1 is a condense 25-lesson Oud fundamentals course for beginners on given by a well known composer and teacher, Tareq Al Jundi using one of the recognized Oud curriculums in Arabic Music Institutes . Learn Oud 1 uses popular Palestinian, Jordanian, Syrian, Egyptian and Iraqi folk music and popular Arabic songs (by Fairuz and The Rahbani Brothers and others) as applications to basics Of Oud performance taught throughout the course. In addition typical western songs like “Happy Birthday”, “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” and “Jingle Bells” are explained on the Oud which will help you understand the Oud through simple melodies you already heard before. By the end of the course you are expected to know the proper way of holding the Oud and producing sound from it, how to read music notation and reading the oriental quarter tone, the basic Arabic Maqams and Scales and how to play popular Arabic songs using these Maqams/Scales on this beautiful Middle Eastern instrument
Lesson Descriptions:
Learn Oud 1 L 1 – Meet the Oud

free lesson

In this lesson of Learn Oud 1 course for beginners , you will meet your instructor Tareq Al Jundi and you will learn about the main instrument in Arabic Music , the different parts of the Oud (Tuning Pegs , Finger Board, Sound Box , Oud strings names , Oud Pick or Risha ), how to hold the Oud , how to hold the Risha , how to pluck the Oud strings and the best position for the Risha, tuning the Oud strings , a brief about the difference between Arabic and Western Music : Quarter tones.

Learn Oud 1 L 2 – Music Terminology

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Lesson 2 of Learn Oud 1 course, explains Time Value in Music (semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semiquaver, demisemiquaver, hemidemisemiquaver or whole note , half note , quarter note ..ect)  , Music staff, Treble Clef, 4/4 Time Signature, Measures, Bar Line and other terminology that you will need in Learning the Oud throughout the course.
Learn Oud 1 L 3.1 – “G” & “A” Strings on Oud

In Lesson 3.1 of Learn Oud 1 for beginners Tareq Al Jundi demonstrates how to play the “G” and “A” strings on the Oud and gives necessary exercises and advises using slow tempo (speed) in practicing

Learn Oud 1 L 3.2 – “D” String on Oud
Exercises on playing the “D” string on Oud are given in lesson 3.2 of Learn Oud 1 for beginners, In a addition to a review exercise of  “G” ,”A” and “D” strings on 3/4 time signature. Homework is given

Learn Oud 1 L 4.1 – Using the Left Hand on Oud
Tareq introduces the left hand for the first time in Learn Oud 1 for beginners. Advice on the position of the left hand fingers on the Oud’s finger board is given. Finger numbers  (Thumb = 0 , Index = 1 ect ) , You will also learn how to produce the “B” note by pressing on the “A” string of the Oud. Exercises on playing these two notes are given with advice on the position of the finger on the figure board.

« on: August 14, 2015, 05:27:17 AM »
The Oud Instrument
In the Arab origin, Oud is considered to be “the king of instruments”. It is assumed that the name al-oud is derived from the Arabic for “the wood” and came to Europe through North Africa. There will be nothing wrong to say that in Arab, the oud is considered to be the oldest musical instruments. In fact, it is the most central instrument in the Middle Eastern music tradition. Some others believe that it is the ancestor of the Pharaohnic Egyptian Nefer, whereas, some others say that this instrument is the forebear of the ancient Persian barbat. Beside this, oud is also known as the ancestor of the European lute.

Design of the Oud
The sound of the Oud vibrates within its hollow body. It is made of a rounded back, which is enclosed with a soundboard, a flat sheet of wood, whereas, the backside of it is made of 15-25 strips of wood. Usually, the open side of the back portion is known as the rosette.
There are mainly 2 distinctive features of this musical instrument- one is its pear-shaped body and the second is its fretless neck. On the other hand, the body of this instrument has 1-3 sound holes, which usually remains decorated with purfling. But this decoration never creates a bad impact on its sound quality. Oud’s body usually looks like a big gourd and it is made of a complex system of thin wood staves. The upper part of this instrument on other hand is made of lightwood.

Introduce Yourself / Hey
« on: July 06, 2015, 09:31:15 AM »
Hello my name is Elizabeth, I am new to this forum, hope to get to know all of you members. :)

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