The Origin Of The Oud
The oud has a mythic status, its origins hidden in antiquity and enhanced by myth, story, and legend. Beginning with the name, al- oud is traditionally taken from the Arabic for “the wood. Read more..
Famous Oud Players
These famous Oud players have proved this fact precisely. Just flip through their biographies to have a clear understanding of the legend of this great musical instrument. Read more..
Types of Ouds
Oud is a stringed instrument mainly used to accompany East African music and Middle Eastern music. This pear shaped musical instrument is very similar to a lute. Read more..
Parts and Structure of the Oud
The two most distinctive features of the oud are its pear-shaped body and its fret less neck. Unlike most western plucked instruments, including the lute, the neck of The Oud has no frets allowing the player to play the micro-tones (notes closer in proximity than two adjacent keys of the western piano) which gives oud music its near eastern sound quality. Read more..
Maintenance tips for Ouds
Oud is a popular musical instrument of the Arabic and Middle East nations that looks like a guitar with a small neck. For a music lover, his musical instruments always hold special importance and significance. Read more..
Introduction to the Oud
Oud is an Arabian instrument that is similar to a guitar not only in shape but also in playing style. Like guitar in western music, oud is a very popularly used for music and dance of Arabian nations. Read more..
Tuning the Oud
Tuning an Oud is both challenging and rewarding. At the initial stage, it might appear a bit clumsy and technical but regular practice can help you to overcome this teething-problem with greater ease and comfort. Read more..
Stringing the Oud
Please pay attention to the pictures below. We can see that every string on the oud is connected to it's bridge. These pictures show you exactly how to attach the oud strings to the bridge step by step. Read more..
About the Turkish Oud
The Turkish oud is a stringed instrument shaped like a pear without any frets. The Turkish oud is used in traditional Turkish and Mediterranean music. Read more..
Plucking the Strings
The strings of the oud were traditionally plucked using an eagle's feather, known in the Arab world as a risha (and in Turkey as a mizrap). However, eagle feathers are not readily available nowadays, so modern players have looked to other materials from which to fashion a pick. Read more..
The Oud Music
Oud music holds the line of a very long tradition in the Mediterranean and the Middle Eastern regions. It is a stringed instrument with an ancient history, especially important in countries like Iraq where there is a common belief that the oud is Iraq’s soul. Read more..
About the Electric Oud
Electric oud is basically a solid body instrument, which is constructed of attractive beech wood. Though in recent times, different types of electric ouds remain available in the market, electric oud by Ibrahim Sukar, the famous oud maker of Syria is considered to be the best in the world. Read more..
About the Egyptian Oud
The history of music would remain incomplete without a reference of Egyptian Oud, which has undoubtedly added a new dimension to its musical genre through its symphonious blending of musical notes that are both modern and classical in style. Read more..
The Oud Musical Instrument
In the Arab origin, Oud is considered to be “the king of instruments”. It is assumed that the name al-oud is derived from the Arabic for “the wood” and came to Europe through North Africa. Read more..
About the Arabian Oud
Persian legend tells that the Arabian oud was created by the sixth descendent of Adam: Lamech. He is said to have suspended the body of his deceased son from a tree and that the very first Arabian oud was made from the shape of the skeleton. Read more..
Tuning the Oud
Oud is a stringed instrument, which is often considered as the predecessor of the western lute. It is assumed that the name “Oud” has been derived from the Arabic for 'wood'. Read more..
Oud Music: Music With A Different Note
Oud is one of those few musical instruments, which has not lost its inherent qualities despite the changes of time and tradition. While most other ancient musical instruments have lost into oblivion, Oud has emerged as stronger than before by imbibing the trends of modern musical genres. Read more..