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F to f tuning

Oudsofjoy - 9-27-2019 at 03:18 AM

Iím wondering how popular is this tuning and strings placement on Iraqi ouds with F to f tuning is. This is from the book by charbel rouhana. Itís in Arabic but the photo shows the first 2 pegs has the high f on opposite sides.

https://flic.kr/p/2hmzCht

Jack_Campin - 9-27-2019 at 05:14 AM

Too blurry to make out the letters on my phone. What is it, F Bb D g c f ?

al-Halabi - 9-27-2019 at 07:18 AM

The diagram shows six double courses tuned F A D g c f, with a seventh single bass string tuned to C (an octave lower than the note rast). This seventh string is mentioned as an optional addition.

The F to f tuning is today standard for what are called 'Iraqi-style ouds' and has also been adopted by oud players who like the extended tonal range on the upper end of the instrument. The seven-course tuning displayed in the diagram provides both the F-f tuning (plus a low C) and the C-c tuning (plus a high f).

majnuunNavid - 9-28-2019 at 04:50 AM

I personally think it's quite popular now, especially among younger generation players from the videos I see on instagram and whatnot...

I think it's slowly becoming popular in Egypt and Syria.

But the old school tuning appears to still hold strong in Palestine.

Please correct me if I'm wrong those of you in the middle east, I want current info too.