Oud Group Class

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For fall 2019 we are offering an Oud group class for beginners. More advanced students should join our new Middle Eastern Ensemble.

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: Sundays, 2:00 to 4:00 pm. 

Dates: September 21 through December 7, 2019.

No class October 26 or November 23.

Cost: $150 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.

Location C4A room 5 (upstairs; enter at 103 North Race)
Ages High school to adult
Skill level Please see descriptions above.
Contact info@c-4a.org.


Online Registration

Next offering Spring 2020


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.