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The oud is one of the oldest instruments still being mastered today. From modern players like Yurdal Tokcan and legends of yesterday like Farid El Atrache, the oud is a classic instrument with a distinct sound. It has even been used in modern pop, having been featured on “Around The World In a Day” by Prince.

Whether you’re interested in playing traditional oud music or want to add its unique flair to your genre of choice, Reverb has an oud for you.

What is an oud?

The oud instrument is a member of the lute family of instruments. It has a pear shape, no frets, and typically has 11 or 13 strings tuned in five or six courses. It is most common in music in the Middle East, but has been used in some modern Western music, including music by Prince.

How much does an oud cost?

Depending on quality of construction, materials used, brand, age of the instrument, and more, an oud can range in price from a few hundred to thousands of dollars.

What does the oud sound like?

The oud has a unique sound due to its shape, doubled string courses, and fretless construction. Its timbre isn’t dissimilar to a classical guitar or another stringed instrument with doubled courses. However, since it doesn’t have frets, oud music can utilize seamless slides up and down the fretboard, as well as microtones.

Where is the oud from?

The modern oud is most likely originally from Persia, but similar instruments can be found across the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia.

What is the oud tuning?

Common oud strings are tuned to D2 G2 A2 D3 G3 C4 for single string courses or D2, G2 G2, A2 A2, D3 D3, G3 G3, C4 C4 for doubled string courses. The Turkish tuning is also common and is C#2 F#2 B2 E3 A3 D4 for single string courses or C#2, F#2 F#2, B2 B2, E3 E3, A3 A3, D4 D4 for doubled string courses.

What are the types of ouds?

The main types of oud are:

  • Arabic oud
  • Turkish oud
  • Persian barbat

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