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Arabic ouds are getting shorter!
Personally, I find 60cm to be the most versatile length.

Having developed custom string sets fo ...
9-20-2019 at 07:01 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Advice for tall player needed!
A few months isn't very long — most people take some time to find a comfortable position.
While i ...
9-16-2019 at 04:26 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Sheet music for "Ah ya zein"
The reason there are discrepancies is that it's a folk song and there isn't necessarily a definitive ...
9-9-2019 at 04:56 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Pau Ferro for fingerboards
Mohamed Fadel used bakelite (phenolic resin) for fingerboards, it is actually a great material.
9-6-2019 at 04:08 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Pau Ferro for fingerboards
The primary consideration on a fretless instrument is the hardness of the material.
On a fretted gu ...
9-6-2019 at 07:26 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Noob in search of directions for his first oud
The two biggest issues most beginners will struggle with are pegs and action.

Since beginners w ...
9-5-2019 at 11:28 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
[rquote=118100&tid=18075&author=Chris-Stephens]Thanks for all that Brian! So, let me make su ...
9-3-2019 at 03:10 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
[rquote=118081&tid=18075&author=Chris-Stephens] Is there any way to inventory this geographi ...
8-30-2019 at 11:47 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
I think the confusion is that you are looking at titles rather than actually listening to the exampl ...
8-30-2019 at 08:27 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
This adhan is in Iraq, with a modulation to Rast on 6 around 3:40 (thereby completing a Maqam Sikah ...
8-29-2019 at 08:03 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
[rquote=118089&tid=18075&author=Chris-Stephens]"Sikah "maqam" doesn't occur often in Arabic ...
8-29-2019 at 06:39 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
[rquote=118082&tid=18075&author=Jody Stecher] For instance a modulation to Bayati from Rast ...
8-28-2019 at 06:06 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Segah / Sika questions...
Sikah "maqam" doesn't occur often in Arabic music, in fact I can't think of any examples in the comm ...
8-28-2019 at 06:02 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Are slots in the nut necessary/common?
[rquote=118061&tid=18071&author=oohoud]
Is it common for ouds to not have slots? [/rquote] ...
8-25-2019 at 05:36 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Beginner Taqsim Attempt
This is a really good start. You're doing a nice job with the opening and the overall structure, yo ...
8-20-2019 at 10:25 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Specific questions about large crack on the back
It's possible that the finish has some color added to it in some way, or that the wood itself has be ...
8-16-2019 at 01:37 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Specific questions about large crack on the back
Further, the crack is in the bowl and the wood, not just the finish—this should be fixed by a qualif ...
8-15-2019 at 03:47 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Specific questions about large crack on the back
[rquote=118015&tid=18065&author=Johnnyboy]
[b]1.[/b] After pushing the crack back from the ...
8-15-2019 at 03:46 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Low tension
[rquote=118000&tid=18061&author=Jason][rquote=117992&tid=18061&author=Brian Prunka]I ...
8-10-2019 at 08:56 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Inside Arabic Music
I just wanted to post a review of the new book "Inside Arabic Music" by Johnny Farraj (of maqamworld ...
8-9-2019 at 12:33 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Recommendations on Sukar or Zeryab Syrian Ouds
Hey guys, this thread would maybe get more feedback in a different section, maybe "buy and sell ouds ...
8-9-2019 at 12:27 PM
by: Brian Prunka
Low tension
I have all gauges of Aquila nylgut trebles from their "lute" strings selection. I have a number of ...
8-9-2019 at 06:23 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Can anyone recognize this label
[rquote=117969&tid=18044&author=aminateur]Thanks Oudistcamp;

I asked Yarob Fadhel and he ...
7-26-2019 at 09:57 AM
by: Brian Prunka
TAQS.IM Synth - Middle Eastern Sounds, Scales and Rhythms for your iPhone or iPad
Would be cool as a virtual instrument plug in if the sound quality is good.
7-5-2019 at 10:50 AM
by: Brian Prunka
Buzuq fret positions
Well I don't know what's really superfluous . . . you can use a compromise position on the Eb and Ab ...
7-2-2019 at 10:52 AM
by: Brian Prunka
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