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Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Need to buy a tar in Iran.
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:21:53 AM »
 I  am interested in buying a tar (persian string instrument) in Iran. A question regarding that.
 Are they widely available in bazars troughout Iran? Please tell me.

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Tremolo pull off!
« on: January 07, 2016, 11:17:56 AM »
Tremolo pull off is a tremolo that starts on one note and pulls off to the note below the first note and where the last stroke of the tremolo plucks pthe note being pulled off to.


Tremolo pull off is one of the most common ways of playing melodies in middle eastern music. The concept is also very simple but it can take some time before mastering it.

How to do?

Step 1.

Play tremolo on one note, letís say Bb. Play it with your second finger and hold your first finger (index finger) on the A note.

Step 2.

Hold tremolo for the desired amount of time.

Step 3.

Pull off your second finger and allow the last stroke of the tremolo to hit the A note.

What's Next?

Now take a simple melody and add tremolo pull offs to when you can. A good place to try adding tremolo pull offs is when you see descending 8th notes in a piece.
You can also take the steps summarized above, reverse them, and play what I call a tremolo hammer on.

Oud Lovers / Materials used for oud strings!
« on: January 05, 2016, 12:52:05 PM »
Hi oud lovers! Heres a great info for you. What materials are used for Oud? Take a deep look!

The most common material for the highest (treble) courses. Sometimes used for the third course. Most often transparent, but also available in black or red. Plain nylon is often glossy in appearance, whereas rectified nylon is finished to a matte sheen for increased grip when plucking with the fingers (as in classical guitar or lute). Either is used for oud.

A sythetic "gut" material, milky-white in appearance. Also denser than nylon, but with a warm sweet sound. Used for the two upper courses. Made exclusively by Aquilacorde.

Nylon Multifilament (floss) Silver wound
Used for the lower courses

PVF (fluorocarbon)
Plain, unwound strings that have a higher density than nylon. At the same tuning and scale, PVF strings will be thinner gauge and brighter sounding than their nylon conterpart.

Nylgut multifilament Silver and Copper wound
Used for the lower courses, wound with either silver or copper wire. Made exclusively by Aquilacorde.

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