A a pear-shaped, fretless stringed instrument, somewhat similar to lute.

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Is zenne oud better for starters than the regular one?

I wonder if zenne oud (a smaller version of the regular instrument) is better for the starters in terms of ease of learning.
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Tuning the Ouds

How many strings do various types of ouds (Arab, Syria, Iraq, Egypt, Greek, Persia, etc.) have and how are they usually tuned (with pitch reference or not) to what absolute or relative pitches?
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Playing non-Western scales on the Oud

How does one learn to play various non-Western scales on the oud? Are there instructions with diagrams showing notes as positions on the neck of the instrument? Book, videos, etc.?