Oud and Middle Eastern Music

Oud image copyFor fall 2018 we are offering 3 classes in middle eastern music.

Join us on September 22, from 3:00 to 4:00 pm for an “open day” to meet our instructor and learn about middle eastern music!

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.”

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.

Oud and Middle Eastern Music for Beginners

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.

Oud and Middle Eastern Music for Upper Beginners

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.

Oud and Middle Eastern Music for Intermediate Players

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 is a suggested pre-requisite.

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.)

Arabic Maqam Theory

This course is highly recommended for students who want to take oud lessons for the first time but haven’t formally studied music before.

In this short series of classes you will learn the basic skills you need to read, write and “talk” music. Taking a practical approach to music theory, we will be adapting the best bits from Western classical music theory and Arab classical music theory to give you the tools you need to start your new life as a musician. Topics for the course will include how to read and write rhythms; how to read and write melodies; understanding the basics of theory and how to recognize maqams in notation; how to understand all the signs and symbols on a musical score. NOTE: We highly encourage students interested in this course to also sign up for the Oud Beginners course.

Instructor Fadi Alnaji

 

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

Dates:10-week session, September 29 to December 8, 2018.  No class November 17.

Cost: $125 (includes educational materials)

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

Upper Beginner Oud Day/Time: Saturdays, 1:00 to 2:30 pm.

Dates:10-week session, September 29 to December 8, 2018.  No class November 17.

Cost: $125 (includes educational materials)

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

Intermediate Oud Day/Time: Thursdays, 8:00 to 9:30 pm

Dates: 10-week session, October 4-December 13, 2018.  No class November 22.

Cost: $125 (includes educational materials)

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

Arabic Maqam Theory Day/Time:  Saturdays, 3:00 to 4:00 pm

Dates: 5-week session, September 29 – October 27, 2018.

Cost: $65 (includes educational materials)

Location C4A rooms 6 & 7
Ages High school to adult
Skill level Please see descriptions above.
Contact info@c-4a.org.

217-384-5150

Please email us to register

Next offering Spring 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.