Learn to Play the Oud.

On Demand.

I’ve gone through the lessons several times which made me take a critical look at my Oud technique. That was worth the price of admission alone. The quality of the video is excellent and I feel like you’re talking directly to me!

TAQS.IM Online Course Student

Our Oud course offers you the opportunity to learn this ancient instrument from Andrew (Antranig) Kzirian, TheOudPlayer. Andrew has toured the world and played at the biggest global music festivals, and is a highly sought-after session player in Los Angeles who has performed and recorded with System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian, Capital Cities, Viza and countless artists across various genres spanning traditional folk, classical, rock and electronic music.

Andrew has studied intensively and performed with oud masters Ara Dinkjian, John Bilezikjian and John Berberian over the span of several years – and now he will share his experiences and knowledge gained with those who participate in this very special course. You will be taken step-by-step through high-quality video lessons recorded at LA’s Foreword Productions where Andrew provides an overview of the instrument, how it’s played, tuning, scales, picking, techniques and more – the lessons pack a lot of content in a focused amount of time to give you the most value and efficiency for learning the fundamental aspects of the instrument.

Each lesson contains accompanying notes and explanations of key concepts which are included where relevant to provide context and further guidance. Note that these are very introductory ideas and designed for beginner level players, and will be developed more and modified as you move forward into more intermediate and eventually advanced level work.

What You'll Learn

Our Course contains 12 lessons and 6 scale video examples. The lessons are geared to provide beginner and intermediate players instruction on various playing techniques to improve their oud playing. Here’s a listing of the lessons:

  1. Introduction and Overview
  2. Strings & Tuning
  3. Basic Scales and Fingering
  4. Minor Scales Introduction
  5. Major Scales Introduction
  6. Left Hand Techniques
  7. Finger Exercises
  8. Right Hand Muzrab Technique
  9. Picking Exercises to Develop Your Muzrab
  10. Chords (New Addition!)
  11. Vibrato Technique (New Addition!)
  12. Taqsim Overview (New Addition!)

The scales section provides players an overview of some of the more popular scales that are used by Oud Players:

  • Hijaz
  • Hüseyni
  • Rast
  • Sabâ
  • Kurdi
  • Nihavend

Lesson 1: Introduction and Overview

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