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An oud usually has 10, 11 or 13 strings, in six or seven 'courses'. A course is a grouping of strings. The lowest is usually a single string, and the rest are doubled. For a 5 string oud, it is tuned GADGC, C being the lowest and the other 4 pairs of strings are tuned in unision in the same octave. A six course oud, or 11 string, is tuned to DGADGC, with the ...


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It would appear from several sources that the stringing of the oud depends heavily on the make of your oud be it Iraqi, Syrian, Egyptian, etc. It would seem that the stringing setup is a matter of local preference. A good source to refer to would be the stringing and tuning page at Oudcafe.com : The Syrian oud often has eleven strings and some common ...


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It's really cool that you're interested in the Oud. You should check out Mike's Oud forum. Very interesting stuff out there. Also check out www.mauriceoudshop.com. This is the safest place to get an Oud from online in the United States. The Oud is not necessarily more difficult than learning Banjo or Guitar, it's just a different approach. It's more ...


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You around Boston, by any chance? http://www.meetup.com/Boston-Music-Players/events/201134252/ Which instructs students: "To purchase Oud: Unique Strings 165 Belmont St, Belmont, MA 02478‎". It also refers to several online sources including Mid-East.com, which maybe is a vote of confidence in them? Also, it refers to a Center for Arabic Culture; that ...


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some links to pictures of Turkish and Arabic scales on neck of oud are on: http://www.oud.eclipse.co.uk/makamlist.html http://www.oud.eclipse.co.uk/maqamlist.html some explainations of notation used are on http://www.oud.eclipse.co.uk/makamlist.html


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According to this random person on the Internet, Arabic Ouds are sometimes available in 10 or 12 string varieties. According to this string reseller, ouds can have "11 or 12 strings in 5 or 6 courses". And finally this site shows a diagram of an 11-string oud but also says "in some ouds you can find 12 strings in the same corresponding order" So you ...


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I'm learning oud since 5 months now. I don't have any experience with banjo, but sitar (from Indian Classical Music). To address your questions, in my opinion, oud is a bit easier than sitar, but probably more difficult than other instruments, specifically for getting the right intonation (and we're speaking microtonally). As always, the more you practice, ...


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http://www.oudcafe.com/stringing_and_tuning.htm seem to have good answers for this one. excerpts: "There are two basic categories of ouds, Turkish and Arabic ... variations ... change from country to country ... from one oud maker to another ... Turkish, Armenian, and Greek ... E A B e a d | C# F# B e a d | B F# B e a d | D A B e a d | D G B e a d ... ...


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At the risk of simply providing an opinion, if the new student in question is particularly small in stature, than like any other instrument that comes in more than one size, I would say yes. I say this especially in light of the instrument's bowl-back design and student arm length considerations.


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i3zif.com provides online lessons in English (video course) for playing the Oud. It's not free though. http://www.i3zif.com/en/oud-english-beginners1



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