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Oud Lovers / Tortoise shell ouds?
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:31:22 AM »
Are tortoise shell ouds illegal to commercialize in Europe? I don't want one for myself, I'm just curious because it seems like tortoise shams or pickguards are greatly appreciated by some players.

Is it possible to control the sympathetic resonance of an oud while playing? I'm not talking about muting the strings, but about the air resonance, is there a way to control this while playing the oud?

Has anyone ever had this problem? Can the soundboard of an oud simply sink inside the case?? A friend of mine has this problem, and he is desperate! Is it fixable?

How do you know which strings to get for your oud? How do you know which are of good quality and are resistant / durable enough?

Oud Lovers / Comparison between Arabic & Turkish oud?
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:20:08 AM »
Do you know what the main differences are between an Arabic and a Turkish oud? Besides the tuning, which I understand is done differently on these 2 type of ouds.

Oud Lovers / How come there are so few women oud players?
« on: April 14, 2015, 04:17:45 AM »
Everywhere I look, all I see is famous men oud players, too few women players out there. How come? Does anyone know of any women players that are famous?

Would an inner ceramic coating improve the sound of a darbuka? Or is that just a myth, and a simple painting job is enough to add a good resonance to the drum?

I have a friend (well, more of an acquaintance) who is absolutely sure that in order to rehead his ceramic doumbek, you'd have to glue the head.
I disagree, but he insists he read it in a book, so he's probably gonna go ahead and do that....
Is this really the way to rehead a doumbek? I thought you're supposed to use the rope system.

Oud Lovers / Re: Should you tell a story through your taqsim ?
« on: April 04, 2015, 02:19:09 AM »
Well, when you play, your taqsim can last 2 minutes or 1 hour!
There's this book, called "The Passport to a World of Music" or something similar, I read it once and I do remember the author saying that taqsims are actually a melodic way to tell a story, so you're not wrong! It's just not a rule, it's something you choose to do if you feel like it.

Molly is correct. Just try playing them and experience with 'the switch', and using the Zanjaran in the middle is  much better idea than a direct switch.

@Lillyan: thanks so much for the examples :) I was actually curious about how each sounds.
However, if I can add something, copper is actually better than aluminium, if you want to compare the quality of the material. It also weighs less, but that's not that important I guess.

Hey Danny :) If you are an absolute beginner, just take a look here:

These are some short videos you can watch one by one and "take notes", they should help :)

Introduce Yourself / New here!
« on: March 19, 2015, 08:09:29 AM »
Hey everyone! I'm new here and my name is Ayla. There, I have introduced myself :) Now it's your turn! :D (just kidding)

Oud Videos & Sound / Which oud sound do you like best?
« on: March 12, 2015, 04:41:28 AM »
I was browsing though this website and stumbled upon the oud sound videos. I haven't listened to all of them yet, I was looking for the sound of the electric oud (I'm really curious about that one!) and, so far, I like this one best:

But, again, I still have a few more oud videos to browse through :D

What's everyone's favorite, by the way?

Doumbek, Darbuka Lovers / Re: Darbuka - New Generation - Model 2015
« on: March 12, 2015, 04:35:08 AM »
Doesn't look bad at all! :D
Is it really hand made? Honestly, it's hard to believe, I mean, look at it! It's such a beauty :P
I can't even make a paper hat using my own hands :D LOL!

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