I recently started to explore oriental and arabic music, and I do play some Maqams and some ornaments and slides, but I'd like to ask if there is a methodical book or some sort of overview of the various techniques on arabic violin?

BTW, I keep my violin tuned GDAE, when I wanna play higher octaves I either switch positions or make the quarter tones between strings (i.e. E on A string using 4th finger).


  • Just a thought: you might enjoy an erhu: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erhu . Aug 12 '13 at 11:23
  • Thanks but exactly what I don't want. I am looking to take out the most of my current instrument, I don't even want to change its tuning, surely not getting new instruments. Aug 12 '13 at 14:03
  • What do you mean by "or" in your second sentence? "either switch positions or make the quarter tones between strings using the 4th finger"
    – Sergio
    Aug 12 '13 at 15:00
  • I'm looking for books that teaches the ornaments, slides, bow dynamics etc. Aug 12 '13 at 15:05
  • Yes, I understand I just didn't understand what you meant on the second phrase. Btw, is this interesting? gswift.com/article.pdf
    – Sergio
    Aug 12 '13 at 15:11

I've found this article to be really interesting and it indeed enriched my knowledge on the subject.

Besides that, a book named Studies for Arabic Music by Georges Lammam is recommended in that page. I couldn't find the book on Amazon/eBay so far.

I also found a book A Guide to Arabic Violin Technique for the Classical Violinist: A octoral Essay by the University of Miami, but I'm not sure what its contents exactly is.

  • 2
    Would you care to include a short summary of the article for the casual reader and in case the link goes stale? Aug 15 '13 at 7:24

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