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Zan (beech) fingerboard - valid?
Hardness ratings (higher numbers are harder):

Ebony: 2400-3200 (depending on variety)
Brazilian ...
10-31-2019 at 09:16 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Written Turkish notation
Well, speaking of Arabic maqams, the main ones are:

Rast (Rast 1 + Rast 5 and Nahawand 5)
Bayat ...
10-29-2019 at 02:25 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Written Turkish notation
Don't worry about connecting names of notes to makams. It's arbitrary. There is a connection, but ...
10-29-2019 at 12:09 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Advice for String Manufacturers other than Pyramid or La Bella?
[rquote=118413&tid=18145&author=Johnnyboy]
Thank you very much for the advice. Apologies I ...
10-26-2019 at 06:59 AM
by: Brian Prunka
If the Oud is the "King of Arab Instruments", Why Do You Barely Hear it in "Typical" Arabic Music?
[rquote=118408&tid=18138&author=Badra]In defense of the oud, it is still very popular in "tr ...
10-24-2019 at 03:20 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Written Turkish notation
You have it backwards. The Turkish "G" sounds a "D" below (or above, depending on your instrument, ...
10-23-2019 at 09:16 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Advice for String Manufacturers other than Pyramid or La Bella?
[rquote=118398&tid=18145&author=Johnnyboy]I have tried the Pyramid Arabic Aoud strings (Oran ...
10-22-2019 at 05:19 PM
by: Brian Prunka
in tune open, out of tune fretted
[rquote=118394&tid=18137&author=Badra]Great, thanks Brian. Would help if you had some this ...
10-22-2019 at 03:03 PM
by: Brian Prunka
in tune open, out of tune fretted
[rquote=118388&tid=18137&author=Badra][rquote=118378&tid=18137&author=Brian Prunka] ...
10-21-2019 at 06:51 PM
by: Brian Prunka
in tune open, out of tune fretted
Hi Chris, I believe you, especially since it's not a problem you've had with other strings.
Vario ...
10-20-2019 at 02:35 PM
by: Brian Prunka
New pegs for oud
To add to Richard's advice: violin pegs are almost always too small to be used as a replacement on a ...
10-20-2019 at 02:30 PM
by: Brian Prunka
in tune open, out of tune fretted
How are you tuning your open strings?

If you are using a tuner, you should tune one string in th ...
10-19-2019 at 09:22 AM
by: Brian Prunka
I gave up on the oud because I am bad with the pick (risha)
[rquote=118362&tid=18135&author=zaazi]Thank you for your valuable notes. May you expand on t ...
10-19-2019 at 07:08 AM
by: Brian Prunka
I gave up on the oud because I am bad with the pick (risha)
Jody's guess was correct, you are playing from your elbow. Notice the way your whole forearm is movi ...
10-18-2019 at 02:53 PM
by: Brian Prunka
I gave up on the oud because I am bad with the pick (risha)
I can't seen enough of your hand and arm in the video to diagnose the problem, but I am sure a good ...
10-18-2019 at 09:26 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Changing Oud's action
It's not a truss rod but there is a bolt on Sukar ouds which allows you to make small adjustments. ...
10-18-2019 at 09:19 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Contest!
Interesting, thanks for the explanation, Richard.

You might get more responses if you let at leas ...
10-17-2019 at 01:15 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Woods, string's lenght and number of holes for a new oud!
[rquote=118332&tid=18132&author=danieletarab]Dear oudists, I am going to order my first cust ...
10-16-2019 at 09:01 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Small question regarding pegs
Aging doesn't lead to anything in particular. The pegs may end up wearing down the holes a bit and ...
10-15-2019 at 09:08 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Hand positions
I thought this might be of interest to some people, I was checking out a video of Simon Shaheen and ...
10-8-2019 at 07:50 AM
by: Brian Prunka
oud tecnique books or links
I'm curious about the Ruhi al Khammash book, where did you find that?
10-8-2019 at 07:42 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Two piece fingerboard with back-angled neck
It's fairly common for the fingerboard to be in two pieces like this. You didn't post a picture of ...
10-5-2019 at 09:09 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Neck leaning back
[rquote=118203&tid=18101&author=Jason]How is the neck attached? I had a Sukar oud with a ve ...
9-24-2019 at 11:55 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Neck leaning back
Sanding is usually a bad idea as you will almost certainly sand somewhat unevenly and make the probl ...
9-24-2019 at 07:18 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Arabic violin - tunings & string types
In my experience, people use regular steel violin strings.
Most people use gdgd, but gdgc is also u ...
9-22-2019 at 09:09 AM
by: Brian Prunka
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