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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 ...


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


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.


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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