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Oud Teachers & Lessons / Re: Lesson 1: posture
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:58:00 AM »
I am SURE this video will help all beginner make an idea about what an oud is made of and how to correctly hold it :)

The guy also explains how to hold the pick and a couple of other things beginners might find useful.

Can I ask, where do you find out about these courses? Are there certain websites you follow or groups you joined that keep you updated on upcoming events such as this one?

Buy & Sell Oud / Re: Where did you buy your oud case from?
« on: April 10, 2015, 04:47:14 AM »
I think protective layers are a must! Humidity is probably the oud's worst enemy, it can literally destroy the instrument altogether. So, the more protective the case, the better!

Well, if we were to explain the correct position, Brick has a point.
The soft position is, in fact, the position we have to hold the riq from which we can play it in a softer way (hence, the name). You'd have to form an "U" with your hands to hold it, with the riq places between the thumbs and index fingers of both hands.
Hope it helps!

Hehe! I think proms nailed the answer here!
A taqsim is indeed usually played before an actual song, but it can very much be a song in itself!

Oud Lovers / Re: What are your favorite maquams?
« on: March 27, 2015, 06:07:11 AM »
First of all, it's called a maqam, but it's OK, many call it maquam as well, or maqvam... I've seen it written in so many ways!

And second of all, I would just like to share the types of maqam here, for everyone to see: Wikipedia has a full list of the maqam families and you acn also listen to how they sound :) Enjoy! 

Well, first of all there are main 2 types of ouds: Turkish and Arab (each with different variations).
Turkish oud mainly have 5 pairs of strings, which means 10 strings in total, but they can also have 11 (the single 'drone string' or 'bam teli'). And this is just one example.... they can have 4 pairs of strings, 5 pairs, the Arabic ones can have 13-15 strings... ans so on!

Buy & Sell Oud / Re: Buying a second hand oud.
« on: March 27, 2015, 06:00:41 AM »
160 is not much, was the oud in good shape?
A good oud does not go for under 300, at least. Now, a second hand one.. it depends on what shape  it's in.

I think it depends on the drum. I mean, some are made out of wood, some metal, some have a single head, others have a double head. The frame is also made out of different materials, either animal skin or organs, or synthetic materials (but these are probably only made in the USA. The original frame drums are made with animal skin.. )

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Darbuka with 4 tuning bolts?
« on: March 18, 2015, 07:19:11 AM »
Hey spinny :) Who is this "one of the best darbuka players ever" you talk about?
Also, what's a tuning bolt, can you explain it please?

It should take anywhere between 3-4 months and half a year. I guess it depends on some factors too, like the materials you use and how handy you are. But I wouldn't suggest building darbukas yourself, there are plenty of experts who know what they're doing so, yeah, it's better if you just buy them.

^ I agree!
Not difficult, IF you get the hand of it!
I almost gave up on learning how to play the darbuka a while ago, but slowly I got used to it. I never played an instrument before so... yeah it was a challenge!

Introduce Yourself / Introducing myself
« on: March 18, 2015, 07:14:44 AM »
Hello ! ! !

I just dropped by to introduce myself :)
I am Keith and I am glad to be here! I look forward to learning more about Arab instruments :)

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