Turkish & Arabic


Welcome to the Oud category at Tapadum Ethnic Music Store, where you can explore the captivating world of this traditional instrument. The oud holds a significant place in Middle Eastern music and has become a symbol of cultural heritage and artistic expression.

About Oud Instrument

The oud, an ancient instrument deeply intertwined with the musical heritage of the Middle East and North Africa, can be distinguished into two distinct types: the Arabic oud and the Turkish oud. Despite sharing common origins, these ouds possess remarkable differences that shape their individual sounds and cultural significance.

The Turkish oud boasts a shorter neck and a relatively smaller size when compared to its Arabic counterpart. These characteristics contribute to its unique and enchanting sound, characterized by romantic tones and a deep timbre. On the other hand, the Arabic oud tends to be heavier due to its thicker soundbox, resulting in a fuller resonance.

The Arabic oud features a larger body with a deeper bowl, setting it apart from the Turkish oud. Crafted from materials such as spruce or cedar, its resonant soundboard complements the back and sides made of rosewood or walnut, enhancing its warm and rich tones. Traditionally, the Arabic oud is equipped with 11 strings, although variations with additional strings are not uncommon. Playing the Arabic oud involves employing unique techniques such as using a risha (plectrum) and fingerpicking, which contribute to the distinct melodic and rhythmic qualities that are emblematic of Arabic music.

The Turkish oud stands out with its comparatively smaller size and a shorter neck, giving it a distinct appearance from the Arabic oud. Typically, the soundboard is crafted from spruce, while the back and sides can be made from various woods such as walnut, mulberry, or mahogany. Turkish ouds often feature 11 or 12 strings arranged in courses of two or three strings per course. Turkish oud players employ diverse playing techniques, emphasizing ornamentation, subtle microtonal variations, and rhythmic precision, showcasing an expressive and improvisational nature that is synonymous with Turkish music.

Both the Arabic oud and Turkish oud hold immense value within their respective musical traditions. While they share commonalities in terms of origins and playing techniques, their distinct designs, tonal qualities, and cultural contexts set them apart. Whether captivated by the soul-stirring resonance of the Arabic oud or the vibrant and expressive tones of the Turkish oud, both instruments provide a gateway to the captivating world of Middle Eastern and North African music.

At Tapadum Ethnic Music Store, we offer a carefully curated selection of high-quality ouds, ensuring that every instrument meets our rigorous standards of craftsmanship and sound quality. Our knowledgeable team is dedicated to providing expert guidance and support to help you find the perfect oud that suits your musical aspirations. We prioritize customer satisfaction and ensure a seamless shopping experience, with secure transactions and reliable shipping.

Discover the enchanting world of oud music and embrace the rich cultural heritage it represents. Explore our Oud category at Tapadum Ethnic Music Store and let the mesmerizing sounds of this ancient instrument transport you to a world of musical inspiration.

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