Maybe you picked up the Oud because it looks like the Guitar, and thought it would be easy to learn…
But you quickly realized there’s a lot more to it.
It’s fretless, so how do you find the right notes? And which fingers do you use?
On top of that, how do you hold that awkward Risha and play a continuous tremolo?
I know. Believe me, it wasn’t easy when I started learning the Oud either.
When I started learning the Oud, there were no teachers in town.
There was no YouTube either…
I was just a teenager who loved the sound of the Oud, sitting in my bedroom with a tattered second-hand Oud trying to learn the songs I knew best.
I started learning on my own but I was basically playing the Oud like a Guitar.
No matter how hard I played, or how fast I plucked, I never got the sound I wanted. I actually gave up until an Oud teacher finally came to town.
Even with a private Oud teacher, it took me years of private lessons before I started to feel like a legit Oud player.
I spent hours and hours listening and playing along with my favourite tunes played on my CD player (and sometimes tapes) and trying to mimic the tremolo I heard in recordings.
It was a guessing game…
I was confused about how the Oud should be tuned for optimal playability and sound. There were just so many ways I could potentially tune it…
It was really frustrating… driving 45 minutes through traffic to my weekly lessons.
I wanted to look and sound just like my teacher, but my hands and arms just wouldn’t hold the Oud the way he did.
I’d walk out of my lessons depressed at my progress, and drive home realizing how much I sucked and how much more work I needed to do to become a great Oud player.
Fastforward a few years.
After mastering Persian music on the Oud, I wanted to learn Arabic Oud style. After painstakingly teaching myself and others for a while, I was frustrated by the lack of resources available to Oud players on the internet.
Everyone seemed to be trying to figure out how to play this ancient, foreign instrument on their own, just relying on what they hear in recordings and guessing from instructional booklets or random YouTube videos.
So what did I do? I’ve compiled all the crucial elements of playing the Oud in one Ultimate crash course.
It’s called the Foundation Program.
The Foundation Program is an online based, step-by-step instructional program where you can learn to play tunes on your Oud while building techniques.
By focusing on developing the crucial techniques and musical understanding, Oud for Guitarists Foundation Program will get you started on playing your favourite tunes faster.
In the end..
You’ll be able to unshroud the mystery of the Oud so you can get started quickly, without making the same stupid mistakes I did.
Imagine - this weekend you'll finally learn to hold the Oud and Risha properly and start playing the way you should. By next month, you could be starting to play your favourite tunes and developing strong tremolo that sounds like what you hear in recordings!
To join the Oud for Guitarists Foundation Program and start playing the Oud confidently, follow these 5 simple steps:
1. Pick a package that suits your needs below.
2. Make a payment on PayPal.
3. Wait a few minutes for an email called "Claim Your Order"
4. Open the email, click the registration link, and register online.
5. Find the program on your "Dashboard" page. Start learning!
If you want a strong technical & musical foundation with a boost from one-on-one customized coaching, this package is for you.
Start playing tunes authentically while developing strong techniques.
Budget option with all the bases covered to get you started on the Oud!
"As a guitar player looking to learn the oud, these lessons are a great help! Patient and thorough, Navid offers insights into every aspect of oud playing. From the anatomy of the instrument to the complexities and nuances of middle-eastern music, Navid opens the doors for us and guides us knowingly through to the realm of understanding. "
- André Hopfner (Canada)
"Oud for Guitarists has one of the best ways of teaching I have come across; the multiple views of the fretboard really helped me out. I had searched the internet all over and found many so called lessons, but none like these. Not only do they put the oud in a simpler format, but they also don't just say hey I'm good watch what I do. "
"Well filmed, clear an excellent start to learn for sure. Good explanation of those infamous quartertones. Lots of good advice. "
-Andre Thibault (Canada)
"I'm an advanced Guitar player, and have been playing stringed instruments for ages… is the Foundation Program really right for me?”
The Foundation Program was made just for you. Instead of aimlessly guessing how to play, you’ll have the basics so you can skip the mystery and get to the fun work.
“I’ve never played an instrument before, and I don’t know how to read music.”
The Foundation Program includes some basic instruction on music notation, and teaches you as though you’ve never held an Oud before. It starts easy and gets progressively more challenging so you can work at your own pace.
“I don’t have the time right now.”
Once you join, the Foundation Program is yours for life. You can access these lessons and download them anytime. If you're busy right now, start slowly or come back to the course when you are ready.
The whole point of the Foundation Program is to save you time in the future. You’ve got the whole basis for Oud playing in one place.
“I need more one-on-one instruction.”
If that’s the case, I recommend the “Complete Package”. I’ve included 3 hours of private one-on-one instruction catered to your specific needs and goals.
You can completely customize these 3 hours, so if you want feedback on your techniques, you've got it. If you want to learn how to play your favourite tunes, you've got it. If you want to learn how to play taqsim, I'll show you how to get started.
You’ll be able to connect with a real teacher one-on-one and learn directly.
“Couldn’t I find this for free on YouTube?”
You might be able to find comparable free material elsewhere, but it’s going to be difficult to find all in one go. That’s why we’ve packaged everything you need in one place, so you can get started right away.
"Seems too expensive...."
Okay, let's have a look at what you'll gain from this program:
12 private lessons alone will cost you anywhere from $480 and up in today's market.
In private lessons, the teachers will likely not allow you to record their lessons. But with the Foundation Program, all the lessons are pre-recorded, and you can go through them at your own pace, and you can come back to reference them anytime in the future. I think it's a great investment. :)
Let us take the risk off your shoulders. I'm confident that you will have a much deeper understanding of this instrument and develop your techniques faster with the effective exercises and the clear instructions.
But if you feel you didn't learn anything from the Oud for Guitarists Foundation Program, email us within 60 days of your purchase, and we will refund every penny immediately.
Imagine getting a satisfying practice and seeing improvements in your fingering and temolo.
For the price of 3 or less in-person lessons, it'll be yours.