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^ That sounds about right, twice a year is often enough, in my opinion.
Of course, this all depends on the quality of the strings, @Lillyan, what type of strings do you buy and where from?

Okay, this is a tough one to explain into words, so I did a bit of research and found this video, explaining step by step the way to tune an oud. It's in english, so you should be able to get the hang of it!

If you have any more questions, let us know!

@Gary, it's called the Malfouf, you misspelled it.

Back on topic, for those of you who were wondering how do the Ayub, Malfouf and Maqsum sound like, here are some samples:



and Ayoub:

Did your friend play it so hard it broke? :D heheheh!

On a more serious note, I found this tutorial that should help, although it's not finished :(

In any case, the person who wrote it didn't mention glue anywhere, just so you know...

Humidity is a common problem for all wooden instruments, not just the oud.
So, I think the best option is to not keep it in it's case 24/7, even if you don't play it. It's good to let it 'breathe' from time to time, it helps!

I think these days, quality items made by hand are not appreciated enough. This is, in fact, real art!
Oh, and to be on topic (LOL hehe :D) it really IS interesting to see some "behind the scenes" secrets :P Thanks for sharing!

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: The perfect Doumbek Set
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:53:35 AM »
I agree, a case is always, and I mean always necessary!
It's important for any instrument, but for a darbuka, transportation can be even more risky, IMO!

Oud Lovers / Re: Does anyone also love the sintir?
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:51:53 AM »
This video is too short, it doesn't capture any essence,  IMO :D LOL
By the way, this instrument is also called a Guembri, just in case someone wonders what this is :) It has a name in Arab too but I have no idea how to spell it :D

I think it's possible, although the guitar and the oud are pretty different from one another.
By the way, there's also a website that can help your friend out, just google it, you'll definitely find it.

Frame Drum Sound & Videos / Re: Making music with 'just' a frame drum
« on: March 24, 2015, 03:47:04 AM »
Amazing indeed .
Can't say frame drums are exactly "my thing" but I do appreciate talent. And it's not uncommon for people who play these instruments to make music using just one instrument, the darbuka is also a good example.

Oud Lovers / Re: What are your favorite maquams?
« on: March 21, 2015, 04:25:59 AM »
The Jiharkah is actually a nice one! But I'm just like you, OnTheRun, I don't have a favorite one. I like them all! At first I was amazed by how different they are from one another, but now I'm almost able to recognize them :)

Wait a minute... back up a bit! You can add an extra string to an oud? And how would you play it, I'm only used to play the classic 5 strings, I can't even imagine having to 'deal' with a 6th...

Oh my.. this question is so vague! It's like asking what's the difference between all percussion instruments :)
You must be new to learning about frame drums and other arab instruments, am I right? :)

I honestly don't know. I don't really tweak my oud by myself, because I'm quite new to all this so... wouldn't want to ruin my instrument! haha!

Hi proms. The way to add this specific effect to an oud is the way Contrazor described it. Or are you talking about something else?

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