Learn Oud 1 (No Prior Music Knowledge Required!)
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- Hold the Oud properly and produce sound from it,
- Read music notation including the oriental quarter tone
- Play the basic Arabic Maqams and Scales
- Play popular Arabic songs using these Maqams/Scales
- Purchase any basic/entry level Oud instrument
The main and the most popular musical instrument in Arabic Music is the Oud. This is a condensed 25-lesson (38 Videos) Oud fundamentals course for absolute beginners given by a well known composer and teacher, Tareq Al Jundi using one of the recognized Oud curricula in Arabic Music Institutes that uses popular Palestinian, Jordanian,Syrian, Egyptian and Iraqi folk music and popular Arabic songs (by Fairuz and The Rahbani Brothers and others) as applications to basics Of Oud performance taught throughout the course.
In addition typical western songs like "Happy Birthday", "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star" and "Jingle Bells" are explained on the Oud which will help you understand the Oud through simple melodies you already heard before. By the end of the course you are expected to know the proper way of holding the Oud and producing sound from it, how to read music notation and reading the oriental quarter tone, the basic Arabic Maqams and Scales and how to play popular Arabic songs using these Maqams/Scales on this beautiful Middle Eastern instrument.
- This course is for beginners and/or Oud players who need a good source for the basics. No prior experience with the Oud is required
Welcome to Learn Oud 1 for beginners ! before you begin , make sure you download the PDF document that will help you practice throughout the course.
In this lesson of Learn Oud 1 course for beginners , you will meet your instructor Tareq Al Jundi and you will learn
about the main instrument in Arabic Music , the different parts of the Oud (Tuning Pegs , Finger Board, Sound Box
, Oud strings names , Oud Pick or Risha ), how to hold the Oud , how to hold the Risha , how to pluck the Oud strings and the best position for the Risha, tuning the Oud strings , and a brief about the difference between Arabic
and Western Music : Quarter tones.
Lesson 2 of Learn Oud 1 course, explains Time Value in Music (semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semiquaver,
demisemiquaver, hemidemisemiquaver or whole note , half note , quarter note ..ect) , Music staff, Treble Clef, 4/4
Time Signature, Measures, Bar Line and other terminology that you will need in Learning the Oud throughout the
Tareq introduces the left hand for the first time in Learn Oud 1 for beginners. Advice on the position of the left
hand fingers on the Oud's finger board is given. Finger numbers (Thumb = 0 , Index = 1 ect ) , You will also learn
how to produce the “B” note by pressing on the “A” string of the Oud. Exercises on playing these two notes
are given with advice on the position of the finger on the figure board.
In lesson 4.2 of Learn Oud 1 for beginners we continue working with the left hand and learn how to produce the
“C” note on the “A” string of the Oud. Advice on how to play both “C” and “B” notes on the “A” string is given along
with slow tempo 2/4 time signature exercises.
Lesson 5 of Learn Oud 1 for beginners tells you how to play “E” note using finger number 2 or 2nd second finger
and “F” note using finger number 3 or 3rd finger on the Oud “D” String. Tareq gives a reading exercise along
necessary advice followed by general review of lessons 4 and 5.
Tareq Al Jundi starts Lesson 6.1 of Learn Oud 1 for beginners by explaining the Minim Symbol which is twice the
Crotchet in time. Exercises using only the right hand and exercises using both hands on the Oud u are given on
reading and playing the minim and the crotchet on open Oud strings.
After introducing the last string on Oud which is the Higher “C” you will now be able to play the Major Scale or
“Ajam” Maqam on the Oud . Tareq Al Jundi also introduces the “TA” and “TA-TI” as new terminology as well as the
Upper Pick (or Risha) move and exercises are given.
In this lesson of Learn Oud 1 course you get to learn the Accidentals (Flat – Natural – Sharp) , the meaning and function of each accidental on the Oud notes is explained, the relationship between our fingers on the Oud figure board and these accidentals is shown as well as how to read them on the Music Staff.
In this lesson you will be introduced to the Quarter tone or the “half flat” which is an important characteristic of
Arabic Music. You will also learn the Bayat Maqam and learn a traditional Jordanian song “Mely Alaya Mely” as an
application and an Egyptian song called “Balady ya Balady”
Tareq introduces Maqam Saba which is one of the main Maqams in Arabic music and it is a “Sad” Maqam. Maqam
Saba from “D” note on Oud is explained, and the quarter tone in Saba is shown. Practice moving and shifting is
emphasized. Ta-Fa-Ti-Fi is introduced leading to what we call “Tremolo” or “Rash” or “Firdash”
In this lesson clear instructions on how to play Tremolo or Rash on the Oud are given, with focus on increasing the
tempo slowly over time to reach higher tempo or speed. Application on Maqam Saba is given: a song from Syrian folklore called “Hizzy Hizzy Mahramtik”
Maqam Hijaz which is very popular even used in the call for prayers in the Islamic Religion is explained in class 20.2
from Learn Oud 1 for beginners, and possible problems that students might face are pointed out clearly. Example
song “Haly Haly Hal” is given as an application.
In this lesson you learn a very important Maqam In Arabic Music. The main Maqam in Arabic Music: the Rast
Maqam. Qarter Tones in Maqam Rast are shown clearly and explained. Iraqi folk song “Hallela Hilwa” is given as an
application. Tie and other previously explained symbols are explained.