Meet the Oud “King Of all the Instruments”


     Old, short-necked, and frantic "oud" frets-less oud is traditional instrument music coming from the Middle East, which has many advantages over humans. The 'king of instruments' in Islamic civilization is the most widely used and important musical instrument among the Arabs.

Getting Started on the Oud

     It looks a bit long, like a musical instrument. Before making it, it is necessary to choose the material. poti oud; walnut, mahogany, maple, imported wood such as ebony, wenge, rosewood. The most important is the upper plate, such as the violin. In order for the sound to be successful, the table, the box, must be made of the finest and most dry spruce wood. However, the plate should not be too thick to make it sound smooth. Because the sound waves are reflected off the oud boat, they are reflected off the table and vibrate. A 75 %oud soundboard is important, if pursued, it will produce good sound.

   The oud has a large sound box attached to a short neck, features that give it a patent for the owner and distinguish it from the family of long-necked oud. The body is fully grown from the shape of the original pear (which is still held in our time by the CAN bus, which has a flat, round shape). The A spherical shape may have been considered: (ninth century) claimed that the body of a ball was a ball divided in two, but a hundred years later the encyclopedia claimed that Ikhwan al-Safa in good parts:

  • must be one long and one. Half the width.
  • The depth is half the width.
  • The neck is a quarter of the length. If the neck measures just twenty centimeters (its approximate length today), the total length will be eighty cm, with or without a peg box - a tool that is the same size as the most important models of now.

Another method is that the length of the vibration cord from the nut to the bridge, now nearly sixty centimeters, should be equal to the length of the body, leaving only fifteen centimeters for the length of the neck. . The soundboard, which is very important to control the sound and sound quality, is made of non-resinous pinewood two mm thick.

Parts of the Oud

     The oud has a large pear-like body (or sound box) attached to a short neck. The front (or surface) of the body of the oud is flat, with one or more sound holes, but the back is similar in the shape of a bowl and made of twenty thin wooden planks that are called a ‘clause’. The strings are tied to the bridge at the surface of the oud and go over nuts at the other end of the tool. The adjustment is accomplished by turning the nail set in the nail box and placing it close to the right angle to the neck of the oud. Notes are formed by ending the strings at a point in front of the neck - this point is also called the finger plate. The main components of the oud are shown in the diagram below: