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Oud Teachers & Lessons / Re: Tips Needed.
« on: January 25, 2016, 11:16:06 AM »
I know that there are a few here that do have instructors, but I don't think it's the majority. I think the beginning is the hardest part, and the rest you can figure out over time. The satisfaction that you get from figuring it out yourself is far greater than what someone can teach you.

Maybe if you can tell us what you're stuck on, I'm sure someone here can help give you some pointers.

Welcome to the posts!

Oud Lovers / Oud making site!
« on: January 24, 2016, 08:35:07 AM »
Hi Oud lovers,
 Do want to see, how an oud can be built?
See here. The domain is ""
It contains many links and a detailled online-documentation about oudmaking. I am a hobby-oudmaker, not yet very experienced, but I want to encourage all oud-friends to make their own ouds. I show the building of my third selfmade oud. It differs in many parts from the method, which is described in Richard Hankey´s book. The site is still only in German, but the pictures will be understood by anyone, I hope.
For all, who cannot read German, look directly here:
" "

The site is updated each 2-3 weeks, according to the progress in building.

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Re: Arabic oud strings
« on: January 23, 2016, 12:36:30 PM »
Personally I would like the 650 set on 58.5cm ouds. I like the lower tension that results. The stated tension of that set is 3.8Kg at 61.5cm or thereabouts, but I generally prefer around 3.3-3.5kg, so it works out.

I like the 3rd and 6th course of the 665 set but the rest are too heavy IMO.

The OU80A set is actually good in the context but you need to get a low C; .044in LaBella is good.

I have recently bought a new oud. But face a problem with tuning. My new strings keep going on tune. How do I get them to stabilize?

Thanks in advance.

Advice, Tips and Questions Regarding the Oud / Re: Need an answer !
« on: January 04, 2016, 11:16:45 AM »
Hi, remember that tuning patterns vary from person to person, and according to maqam (musical mode or scale). Courses are always tuned in 4ths, with the lowest two courses tuned according to maqam and personal taste (not necesarily in 4ths, although some Turkish-style players are tuning their entire oud in 4ths. These two courses are often tuned up or down one whole step depending on maqam. This poses a bit of a problem for pre-made sets, since the tension on these lower two courses must be set to perform well across the whole-step tuning variation. Generally, I'm of the opinion that it is better to choose the tension of these two courses based on the tuning used most frequently, then split the difference. This should give satisfactory results for custom sets. For pre-made sets, it's generally better to choose based on the lower tuning, so the tension will increase rather than decrease when changing the tuning.

Riq, Mazhar, bendir, Tar... Lover / Re: Know a New !
« on: January 03, 2016, 12:22:22 PM »
Remo’s Dayereh is a lightweight tunable frame drum that fits comfortably in your hands.

I searched a lot but can't get a full information regarding this. Would you please explain the scenerio? I wii be so much delight to see about Remo's Dayereh !

Choosing the darbuka is as important as learning its secret tips or playing it with utmost dexterity. A little negligence can lead to a disaster literally, as the notes and the sound vary widely depending on its type. For example, the sound of Turkish Darbuka will be drastically different from that of an Arabian darbuka. Which is why most of the musicians give utmost attention to details while selecting The Darbuka. Before you start searching for the darbuka you want, you should do everything possible to make sure that it should suit your requirement and budget properly.

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