Oud (name is originally Arabic) finds its origins in Akkadian era. Shah Shuja was using an instrument called Gudi, probably a name with Arabic origins. It was thought that this musical instrument was invented by nomad tribes since it was light and mobile. Some believe it was originated in Caucasus region, other sources report more western regions as a point of origin. Some findings show an early elliptical design of Oud found in the ruins of Shush, Iran. Some experts theorize that a priest is shown to be playing it in that depiction.
Barbat is the Iranian name for the same instrument. Farabi praised it for its range and completeness. The word Barbat consists of two parts: Bar + bat: Meaning “in likeness of a duck”. Others theorize the name is a variation of Barbod, player of anicnet Barbat (Roud) in the court of Khosrow Parviz. Oud instrument comes in different sizes, Arabic Ouds have bigger size bodies and Turkish ones are smaller and Persian Ouds usually fall in between. Oud’s warm and fluid sound makes it a versatile instrument in solo performances and showcasing the nuances of Persian music. Oud is low-pitched in nature and it has a limited range of two octaves, hence the player has to master the intricacy to showcase its delicate beauty.
Rhythmitica presents Oud online lessons via Skype by Negar Bouban & Yasamin Shahhoseini Oud music online class can be taken in Persian and English languages. In order to register for online Oud lessons, please book a free consultation session first.In this session you can talk directly with the manager via Skype and ask your questions about the class, methods, discounts or Persian instruments.After this session, you can set a time for weekly classes.
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