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    What is an oud instrument

    The oud is among the most famous stringed musical instruments. The origin of the word comes from the Arabic word al-oud, which means aloe or gall tree.  Its height is 70 cm.There are four types of tuning for oud strings. Compared to other stringed instruments, it has a fuller and thicker sound. It is just as enjoyable to listen to. Oud history dates back to the time of Farabi. It is even said that Farabi invented this musical instrument. If you want to learn and play the oud, you must know that it is a laborious and difficult instrument to learn. First of all, you should know what the wires mean. In other words, it should be well learned which string makes which sound and which note it plays. In order to play the oud, a student must undergo training. The oud is played by touching its strings. In order to play the oud, two hands, one on the body and one on the neck, must be used to press the strings. By the way, is very important to use quality wood in order to achieve success in sound. When you are visiting our website as a right now, our all ouds  we sell are hand-made, constructed by well-known makers who have mastered their craft.

    Choose from Arabic Oud or Turkish Oud - Oud Strings and Carrying Cases Also Available

    Oud, a fretless instrument, is in the category of stringed and plectrum instruments. Oud, which has a sound range of 3 octaves, is used as 11 or 12 strings. There are 6 groups of wires in wire groupings, and the top bam wire is 11 wires when used as a single, and 12 wires when used in pairs. The oud musical instrument consists of five main parts. These; bowl, chest, neck, auger, and strings.

    The bowl of the oud musical instrument has a structure resembling a half pear. Hardwoods such as mahogany and hornbeam are preferred for the bowl part. The dorsal side, which is the back, consists of 20 to 21 equal parts called leaves. The screws on the handle are arranged backward. Its plectrum is longer than other plectrum instruments and is held by passing it between the fingers. It is widely used with the same name in Turkey and almost all Arab countries. It is among the popular instruments in Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, and Greece. In Iran, it is called "barbat" and in Greece, it is called "uti". Although it has a pleasant sound, it has a fuller and thicker sound compared to other stringed instruments.

    Although the oud is generally used in fasil and entertainment music, it was also frequently used in the entertainments held in the palace during the old palace periods. The quality of the material used in the construction of the oud musical instrument is very important. The more diverse the material, the better it sounds. The face of a high-quality oud is made of spruce wood. The tuning pegs and fingerboard are made of ebony. Maple, walnut, palisander, and mahogany woods are used for the bowl. Oud instrument may have the most charming sound among the Middle Eastern musical instruments and if you are here, probably it has already seduced you with its mystical sound. If you have decided to buy an oud, you are in the right place. We are at your disposition with the wide range of ouds in our catalogue.

    You can always physically visit our store situated in Istanbul or see various oud models in our catalogue through our website. Our ouds are classified as standard ouds, professional ouds, and special ouds depending on the needs of the oud player. Our special ouds are made by famous oud makers who have mastered their craft.

     The types of ouds existing in our catalog are Turkish Ouds which are the most famous ones in the oud world, Arabic Ouds, Syrian Ouds and we also provide you with the best selection of Electric Ouds. We believe you will find here the most convenient oud for yourself at the best value. 


    Features of Oud

    The oud set out from Iran; He first stops by the Arabs, impresses them, and then reaches the Anatolian geography and meets the Ottomans. According to the information we obtained from miniatures in the Ottoman Empire, larger ouds were used. These were called "Orient Ouds".

    The word oud appears for the first time in Arabic texts of the 8th century. However, the words barbat, oud and tumbur appear in later Persian and Arabic texts. Westerners met the oud during the Crusades in the 11th and 13th centuries. It is stated that Fârâbî played the oud and made some changes in this instrument. The fret ties called "epic" on the stem of the ud, which were preserved in the Fârâbî period, were abandoned towards the end of the 10th century.

    The oud is a fretless instrument. Due to this feature, it provides a wide opportunity to perform all kinds of music. Traditional Turkish Music, Western Music, Eastern Music, polyphonic or monophonic music, a children's song or a youth anthem can be performed with the oud.

    The oud requires major repairs. Whether the handle has fallen or not can be understood by the experienced eye from the large and small thresholds. It is also understood by playing. More robust is to look at the distance between the bottom of the wire and the handle at the point where the handle meets the stem. The normal is 2 mm. More than 3 mm indicates that the prints will be difficult.



    What are The Types of Oud

    There are a lot of oud types. These types are as follows:

    1. Turkish Oud

    Boat Length: 49.5 cm.

    Handle Length: 19.5 cm.

    1. Arab Oud

    Boat Length: 51.5 cm.

    Handle Length: 20 cm.

    1. Syrian Oud

    Boat Length: 52 cm.

    Handle Length: 20.5 cm.

    1. Iraq Oud

    Boat Length: 49.5 cm.

    Handle Length: 19.5 cm.

    Playing the oud musical instrument is a time-consuming and difficult skill to master. First of all, it should be known what the wires mean. In other words, which string produces which sound and which note should be well understood. It will be very difficult for you to master the oud musical instrument without learning these. The oud is played by touching the strings. In order to play the oud, one of the two hands must be used for pressing the strings on the body and the other on the neck. It will be much easier for you to play this way. It will be much more comfortable for you to play while sitting on a chair compared to playing standing up. It is important for the quality of the sound that you press each oud string equally during playback.

    If you continue to work patiently and keep practicing, you will realize how enjoyable it is to play the oud instrument. In order to ensure your continuity, it is important that you continue your education with a trainer, especially in the first semesters. Because, in general, people who want to learn to play a musical instrument may give up at first. Those who try to learn alone, in particular, may be unaware of their true potential. On the other hand, thanks to a teacher, your learning process can be accelerated by noticing your shortcomings much easier at first. Therefore, training must be taken in order to play the oud.

    While playing the ouds, we try to obtain a clear sound by pressing the strings with our fingers. This pressure should be a pressure that does not tire you much. So you will press hard, but your fingers will not hurt. There is only one solution to this. The wires should be close to the keyboard, which we call the key.

    That is a risky situation. The closer it is, the more likely it is to sizzle. Making the strings loud actually prevent the ouds from sounding bad, but in good oud or oud made in the right forms, both the strings are close, and you get a clean sound.

    The screws in the handle are arranged backward. The plectrum is longer than other plectrums and is held between the fingers. It is widely used with the same name in Turkey and almost all Arab countries.