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Oud Teachers & Lessons / Lesson 1: posture
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:49:13 AM »
I think there is something very important that many of us oud players don't even think about anymore! Posture. Posture is important when playing the oud, if you're not relaxed and comfortable, you risk getting tires and sore.

So, here's the right posture for playing the oud:
1. back straight and shoulders even & relaxed;
2. the oud should be held with it's length parallel to he floor, don't lean it forward or back;
3. place your right arm on the strings, starting just above the middle of the oud's base.

That's it. That's the correct way to hold & play the oud!

I'm really sorry I missed it, it was help in Budapest (Hungary) at the beginning of last month. Oh well, maybe there will be a next time.

So, has anyone been? I can't find any videos or anything, but it must have been an interesting event.

Does anyone know if there will be another on coming up soon?

Buy & Sell Oud / Where did you buy your oud case from?
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:32:17 AM »
As I see it, an oud case is very necessary! And I personally prefer quality over price. I know you can get them either here (on this site) or on eBay or you can just do a google search and you could find a ton of oud case sellers, but can someone please guide me as to what a good quality case should be like?

Oud Teachers & Lessons / Learn how to play the Inta Omry
« on: April 09, 2015, 02:27:49 AM »
This forum has too few oud lessons! :P So.. here's a good one on how to play the Inta Omry.
Unfortunately, it's not in English, but you can still see how the fingers move and which strings come into play, so don't worry if you can't understand the words!


I'm back her with even more information about the Saba :P
I found this great collection of samples of the maqam saba family.
You can just check it out here:
If there's anything you don't understand, Loona, let us know! As soon as I can, I'll try &help!

Thanks guys! :)

By the way, I found this great video, it's of a guy who created an electronic drone, just listen:

I don't think I'm able to play like him, but I'm gonna try!

I think we are all a bit confused here.
Is anyone here able to explain what exactly a saba really is?

Meanwhile, I'd say I agree with BearHug. This is just a short video I found, take a look and listen closely:

Oud Lovers / Re: Does anyone also love the sintir?
« on: March 26, 2015, 05:49:58 AM »
ok, I found this accurate explanation of what a sintir really is, for everyone who is curious about it: it is a three stringed skin-covered bass plucked lute. Go to wikipedia for more details :)

Thanks, BearHug for explaining what a taqsim is.

I actually didn't know hat it was, so I looked it up myself and found this video:

Would you guys say this is a musical improvisation though?

Actually, this is the first time I hear about this man. I'm always glad to learn about different arab musicians, they really do inspire me!

Oud Lovers / How to choose the right oud for you?
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:58:16 AM »
This time, I'm literally asking: are there any specific tips someone can share in regards to how to choose an oud? What I personally did was... uhm.. I just went online and bought a used one from a guy who wasn't using it anymore :D I didn't think about it too much, I just got it.
Now I'm wondering if I made the right choice..

I have often wondered about this and have seen others struggling with the same issue... so I though I would just share this with everyone: string tension depends on too many factors, so an ideal one does not exist!

Keep this in mind the next time you adjust it.

So, let me explain, I know how to play the oud, but I'm not that good. So, I would like to learn how to play in tone and was wondering if practicing with a drone would help or if you guys know some other methods that would help me learn.

I have a question, it's regarding my oud: what's the proper technique to use a percussive effect on my instrument? If anyone can explain a good technique or refer me to some tutorials, I'd greatly appreciate it! Thanks :)

Introduce Yourself / Hello forum!
« on: March 19, 2015, 03:42:18 AM »
Hello to all the members of this forum!

How is everyone today? :)

I am here to salute you all and to say that I am happy to have found this wonderful online place to chat about one of my passions :)

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