Oud and Middle Eastern Music

Oud image copyOud Open Day has been rescheduled to Saturday, February 8, from 1:00 to 4:00 PM.  Enter C4A at 103 North Race St.  Go through the glass doors, up the stairs, and down the long hallway to room 7. This is a free introductory event. 

For spring 2019 we are offering 4 levels of classes in playing oud and middle eastern music. Please see the table below for descriptions.

The oud is a stringed instrument commonly played in the Middle East, North Africa, and throughout the Mediterranean region. It has a fretless short-neck with 5 or 6 double strings and a round box at the back. It is plucked using a special pick called a “risha.”

Here is a video clip showing the oud played by our instructors

Oud instructor Fadi Alnaji was trained at the renowned Taqasim Music School in London.  His course will include basics of Middle Eastern music as well as oud technique. The classes are oriented toward oud players; other instruments may join with permission of the instructor.

You must bring your own instrument to participate in either class. Please contact us  immediately if you would like to order an inexpensive oud for the class.  (The course may be taken on other instruments, by permission of the instructor.)

Instructor Fadi Alnaji

Nabil Ramlawi, assistant instructor

Beginning Oud Day/Time: Saturdays, 3:00 to 4:30 pm

Dates: 12 weeks, February 9 to May 4, 2019. No class March 16.

Cost: $165 includes text/method book

You will need your own oud.  Please contact us if you need help finding an instrument.

No previous music knowledge or music reading is required to attend this course.  We will use tablature and you will learn some of the the basics of reading the music during the course.

The first lessons are devoted to correct posture and basic exercises for hand coordination. After that, we’ll learn the 8 fundamental scales, along with a tune or two to play in each scale.  At the end of the course you should have a basic understanding of the music theory and technical approach to the instrument.

Upper Beginner Oud Day/Time: Sundays, 3:00 to 4:30 pm.

Dates:February 10 to May 5, 2019. No class March 17.

Cost: $165 includes text/method book

You will need your own oud.  Please contact us if you need help finding an instrument.

This class is a follow-up of our basic beginners’ class.  You should know how to play the instrument and have some experience with the music.

You will build on the first level class to develop your skills past the beginners’ level.

 

Intermediate Oud Day/Time: Saturdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm

Dates: 12-weekly sessions February 9 to May 4. No class March 16.

Cost: $165 includes text/method book

You will need your own oud.  Please contact us if you need help finding an instrument.

Those wishing to take this class should have the basics of playing and the desire to sharpen their skills further. Oud and Middle Eastern Music for Beginners and Upper Beginners is a suggested pre-requisite.

Upper Intermediate Oud Day/Time: Saturdays, 5:00 to 6:30 pm

Dates: 12-weekly sessions February 9 to May 4. No class March 16.

Cost: $165 includes text/method book

You will need your own oud.  Please contact us if you need help finding an instrument.

Those wishing to take this class should be comfortable with skills learned in our intermediate course. Please contact us if you have experience playing oud but have not taken our classes before.

Location C4A rooms 5 & 7 (upstairs)
Ages High school to adult
Skill level Please see descriptions above.
Contact info@c-4a.org.

217-384-5150

Register online

Next offering Fall 2019

 

The Taqasim Music SchoolLogo Taqasim Black, based in London, was established in 2011 to teach the Oud, one of the most significant among instruments and disciplines that represent the Middle Eastern Music.  The school’s founding director, Iraqi Oud Master Ahmed Mukhtar, has been carrying the music and Oud on his shoulders since he was a boy. His goal is to present his music, as a cultural bridge, to various nations with the utmost beauty and passion.