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

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Why are Arabic Ouds built with 12 pegs when they usually are strung with only 11 strings?

I've recently bought an Arabic Oud and started studying how to play it (it's a very fun instrument to play). One thing I don't understand, though, is why I have not seen anyone using the lowest pitch ...
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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.?
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How should I go about learning the oud?

I'm a clawhammer banjo player interested in learning the oud. I have the following general questions: How difficult is the oud relative to the banjo (i.e., has anyone else made this switch)? What ...
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Is it normal for an Oud/Lute not keeping in tune?

I just bought a 12 string oud/lute from Egypt, and I'm having some problems with its tuning. Sometimes when I twist the machine heads to get in tuning, it releases suddenly and drops the tuning all ...
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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.