I’m glad you are reading this because that means you are interested in buying an Oud! The Oud is a great instrument with an extended history. I’ll give you some recommendations and advice when looking for your first Oud.
Is this your first oud?
Buying an oud for the first time may seem like a simple decision, but it is much more essential than most people would realize. Selecting an oud is like picking your personality because every Oud has its own soul that should mirror your identity and style as a musician.
There are different types of oud that can create sharper sounds with more precise and serious notes. Turkish oud and approach are said to have healing sounds that are used to call to feeling better.
The Looks of the Oud
While the sound is most important, it is also very important to select the oud that has a design and look that best fits your personality. One of the biggest differences in oud arrival is that Egyptian and Turkish oud tend to be more decorative with many ornaments, while the Iraqi oud is usually sleek and simple.
Type of Risha/ pick
Oud is not played with a typical pick like a guitar but is rather played with a small tool named a pick. Basically, the oud was played with the quill of an eagle and some efficient players still use eagle quills to pick the oud, but most oud players use a pick. Risha comes in different dimension and rigidity based on the preference of the musician but we recommend selecting a Risha of medium hardness and with a shape that best fits your hand.
Buying an Oud for Beginners
Generally, the price is the most essential factor to consider when purchasing an oud because a fresher is still unsure about their dedication to playing the oud. We prefer that all fresher should start with an average-priced oud.
When you are severe about a certain tool, and you have started an agreement, be fair. If you are in a reputed store that is not visitor-oriented and the price is listed on the instrument, don’t expect to get the item for half the asking price. If you are lucky, you will get the instrument for 80%-90% of the asking price. You should anytime try for less anyway, but be admiring in your delivery. Constantly look them in the eye and tell them you will come back. Know what you want, and how much you want it for, but be a cheap price.
If you are not serious about buying an instrument don’t waste the shopkeeper’s time. Don’t go through a shop, query to try playing this and that. After having an exploration, if you are serious about buying, have a real discussion with the shop owner. Display them your activity, tell them what you are looking for, and ask them to show you what they prefer.
If you are in the process of shopping around, don’t focus on one instrument too much, or you may get into circumstances where you are forced to agree on that item.