Oud & Makam

with Giannis Koutis

  • Turkish, Byzantine
  • Oud
  • English

Description

PLEASE NOTE: this course has an unusual schedule: Friday, Saturday, Sunday, *Monday*, and *Thursday*.

This course will explore Eastern Mediterranean music as expressed on the oud. We will focus on oud technique, particularly picking techniques and ornamentation. We will implement this in the interpretation of selected repertoire in fundamental makamlar (modes), while also introducing the concept of taksim (rule-based melodic improvisation) and its components: structure, phraseology, and development.

Our material will be the classical repertoire of the Ottoman period, which developed out of the many cultures that lived under the umbrella of the Ottoman Empire. This musical language is founded on melodic development at both the compositional and improvisational levels. We will pay particular attention to the analysis of melodic phrases of the selected compositions.

This course is for oud players who are comfortable with their instruments, already somewhat familiar with the makam system and some pieces. As this course focuses on Ottoman repertoire, it is ideal to have an oud with standard Turkish or Arabic tuning (high string D or C). By the end of this course you will have a significant amount of information in order to further develop your playing and perception of the oud and makam system.

Day 1: Makam Rast
Compositions: “Rast Nakış Beste” - Abdulkadir Meragi

Day 2: Makam Ussak
Compositions: “Uşşak Semai” - Salih Dede

Day 3: Makam Huseyni
Compositions: “Hüseyni Semai” - Lavtacı Andon

Day 4: Makam Segah
Compositions: “Segah Peşrev” - Yusuf Paşa

Day 5: Question and answer session
Discussion based on all the previous sessions including additional details. It would be best for participants to make a list of their questions beforehand.

This course includes

  • 15 Hours of Instruction
  • Lifetime Access to Video Recordings
  • Certificate of Completion

Student requirements

  • Instrumental technique: basic
  • Western theory: any level
  • Modal music theory: basic
  • Sight reading: basic
  • Transposition: basic
  • Learning by ear: basic
  • Composition: any level
  • Improvisation: any level

Day Date Start Finish
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm
Monday January 4, 2020 07:00 pm 09:00 pm

In case a class is cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances, one or more additional make-up classes will take place at the same time on the same weekdays following the last week of classes.


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