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Ney, Kawala Lovers / Parsian Ney Lesson
« on: January 20, 2016, 12:47:03 AM »
My sister lives in Istanbul. She is desperatly seeking for someone who could give her lessons or at least advice to begin with Persian ney not Turkish or Arabic, she has solid knowledge of music theory and have a long piano experience but is a beginner when it comes to ney. If you know such a person, please PM me and I'll forward the info to my sis. Thanks.

Any suggestion is appreciated.

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Know about Mazhar !
« on: December 12, 2015, 07:27:00 AM »
The mazhar is a large, heavy tambourine used in Arabic music. The mazhar's frame is generally made out of wood. The instrument's brass jingles are quite large (4-5 inches / 10–13 cm in diameter). It is played with a shaking technique that gives it a raucous sound. Its single head is considerably thicker than that of the riq, its smaller cousin.

The Egyptian percussionist Hossam Ramzy is a notable performer of the mazhar.
- Wikipedia
Take a look at that

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Find the difference between Ney & Kawala !
« on: December 11, 2015, 07:24:19 AM »
Ney is made from reed, has 9 joints, 6 holes and 1 back hole, its featured in classical eastern music, and considered to be the base for all the positions (with the tanbur), kawalla is reed also, bigger diamater, 4 joints, 6 holes only (no back hole) and is somewhat harder to control, frequently used in arabic music than in turkish, and not so classically related.

See this video for more exploration

Ney, Kawala Lovers / Kawala Information !
« on: December 11, 2015, 07:20:16 AM »
 The kawala is an end-blown edge aerophone (flute) of Egypt used primarily to accompany (along with other instruments) a genre of Sufi hymnody called madīh in-nabī (‘praise of the prophet Muhammad’). kawala is made from a straight open-ended stalk of aged reed with three segments articulated by two nodes, which must be bored out to make a cylindrical bore. In comparison to the Egyptian nāy, the kawala is shorter and has a wider bore. The rim at one end of the stalk is beveled to a sharp edge (see detail image), which serves as the target of the airstream provided by the performer; it is therefore an end-blown flute. The instrument has six fingerholes and, on the reverse side, one thumbhole. A band of wound cotton cord just below the beveled rim discourages the splitting of the reed.

The kawala is related to numerous other Middle Eastern beveled-rim end-blown flutes, including the Egyptian  :)

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Learn Pull off !!
« on: December 10, 2015, 09:04:50 AM »
Want to learn a new one? Why are you delaying? Let's start it !
Pull-off an open string:
Simply use a finger from your left hand to pluck the string.

Pull-off a fingered note:
Hold down a note on the fingerboard then pluck with another finger while holding down the other note. The position of the finger doing the plucking should be at the location of the next note in the maqam higher than the note you are holding down.

So if you are holding down your high D note with your index finger on the high C string as shown in the video, and you are playing Maqam Bayati on D, then your second finger executes the pull-off in the general area of E quarter flat.

Tips for success:

Practice playing downstrokes and then taking your finger off the note you played. This is one of the most common ways to practice pull-offs. Now take a look at this.

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