There are a total of 22 Arab states that form the Arab league. But the one place that most Arab musicians will unanimously agree, particularly in the sound, design and soul of the Oud, is Egypt. ArabInstruments is once again proud to showcase to you the Egyptian oud. Why is this instrument so well sought after? Because anyone who is an oud enthusiast has heard of names such as Farid El Atrash, Zakariyya Ahmed and many others who all created the best and most famous songs and not just famous but with deep soul and earth moving musical pieces, all with one instrument in their hand. The Egyptian oud. That is why in order to give homage to this instrument, we carry only but the best that is available anywhere.
- Nov 30 2011
في وقت سابق ذكرنا العود وروعه في التصميم والمواد المستخدمة. نظراً للتحسينات التكنولوجية ليس فقط لتحسن في تأليف هذه الالات الموسيقية ولكن أيضا إعادة تصميم كاملة منها. أرابينسترومينتس لها الشرف لعرض لكم 'العود الكهربائية'. الأدوات الكهربائية التقليدية عادتا تكون مصنوعة من مواد صنع الإنسان مثل البلاستيك معزز الثابت أو الكربون أو غيرها من المواد الاصطناعية، هنا حيث يضيء هذه الآله الموسيقية مصنوع من المواد الطبيعية كما كان أصلاً منذ آلاف السنين، في هذه الحالة لدينا مزيج جميل من خشب الماهوجني و الأبنوس والجوز في تصميم
- Nov 30 2011
Earlier we mentioned the Oud or 'Ud' and it's magnificence in it's design and materials used. Because of technological enhancements not only has there been an improvement on tuning these instruments but also a complete redesign of them. ArabInstruments has the honor to introduce to you the 'electric oud'. Traditional electrical instruments usually are made from man made materials such as hard reinforced plastics or carbon or other synthetic materials, here is where this particular instrument shines. It is made completely from natural materials as it used to be originally made for thousands of years, but in this case we have a beautiful mixture of mahogany, ebony and walnut in the very core of this oud.
- Nov 24 2011
The Oud or Ud, is a string instrument similar to the lute known to have been around for at least 4000 years. It carries a beautiful deep melodic sound due to the nature of it's hollow pear shaped body. The Arabs traditionally used a thin piece of wood as a plectrum (pick).
The oud was traditionally plucked using an eagle's feather, in the Arab world this was known as a 'Risha' (Reeshe). With today's insight on protecting species modern players have looked to other materials to fashion a pick. Many professional players use a risha made from horn (of a cow, for example), which is softened first by being soaked in oil. Plastic rishas are also very popular with beginners due to their cheapness and ready availability. But bare in mind that plastic picks will not give you the same sensibility as the naturally produced picks, if that was the case, then all instruments would be made from plastic and not from natural materials.
ArabInstruments carries only the best of the best, which is the cow horn pick, handcrafted by experts to meet the needs of the oud player. Due to the nature of the natural growing shapes and colors of cow horns, the variety of blacks browns and whites are astonishingly beautiful, complimenting the already stunning colors of your oud.