History of oud - ud - العود
The roots, of the musical instrument Oud, can be found through time, 3500 years ago in Persia, where it was called Barbat
(oud). This instrument was the same with the one that ancient Egyptians
used in Pharaoh times. This instrument was named by the Arabs Al Oud,
which means wood and specifically thin wood. Surely, its first form was
not the present one. We can make this opinion if we take a look at the
old Pictures-Gravures. These instruments,
which were stringed just like Oud and violin, were not known to Arabs,
who learnt them from Persian and Romans after the birth of the Islam.
The first Arabian musician who started playing oud was Eben Sareeg and
after him everyone started using it. The most popular musicians in the
history of Oud are Shack Amusedly , Abraham Almighty and Zaryab.
Oud is the king of the musical instruments for Arabs. We must mention
here that on the past, an Arabian composer was writing a song only
based on oud. Oud is a totally solo instrument for Taqasim (extemporisations) and accompanied by song. Technical features
of oud are that, the sound box has the shape of a pear, short and
sloppy elbow. The shape and the dimensions are different from place to
place, like in Egypt and Syria and to the other Arabian states. It has a bigger depth shape to Turkey and a lesser in Iraq
or holes at the flap are open without rosettes. At past, the oud had
two strings, then it had four and it ended with five and six. Lebanon
musician Far hat Hasher put seven strings and this helped us to have
both the low and the high levels. The strings that were used on the past were made of gut and the plectrum (key)
was made of cherry tree cortex or horn of animals. Today they are
replaced by plastic. Today Oud is popular to almost all over the world.
Since 9th century the musical tradition of the Mediterranean Sea was
based oud practically. At Medieval times, the Crusaders brought this
instrument from the Holy Lands to Europe, where it became the
Renaissance Lute and Lute in Minor Asia, where
it remains like this. The strings that were used in the past were made
of gut and the plectrum was made of cherry tree cortex or horn of
animals. Today they are replaced by plastic. Oud is one of the few
instruments of the East and the only one for Arabs, which played and
transformed the music levels, which are known as makams. A makam is
composed out of a four-stringed "4 notes"
and from a five-stringed 5 notes where they alternate from makam to
makam. The number of makams is extensive and different from country to
country. For example, in Turkey - Egypt it differs mostly to the style
and less to the musical scales. Many times the musical scales are the
same but they are played with different style and it seems they change
makam, while in reality it remains the same. I believe that the bloom
of music makam was around 1850 because at these times there was
composed and played a big number of makams. Nowadays the musicians do
not compose such amounts of makams and the basic reason for this is
that a musician of 1850 had a brighter mind than from a musician of
nowadays. The depth of the makam is so big that you need to live twice
in order to say that you have learnt or played or understood all makams.
"About the oud instrument"