Category Archives: Arabic music theory

Learn the Maqamat

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…It is still hard to find good structured ‘academic’ material about the theory of the Maqamat, and there is no one way to categorize or classify the dozens of different modes… I found a few good videos for learning the Maqamat one by one (without needing to know Arabic or Hebrew!)…
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In the Ears of the Beholder

“The awkwardness grew even more when I played simple kids songs they know, and put some quarter tones in them … Ultimately, I played a traditional Arabic melody with quarter tones, and then played the same melody with no quarter tones. My question for the class was “which version was more beautiful?” Continue reading

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Arabic Music and the Audience

Traditional Arabic music includes a unique and inseparable connection between the performer and the audience. Due to the improvisational nature of the performance, the audience plays a major role in performing and the performer is often dependant on the reactions … Continue reading

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Ornamentation in Arabic Music

One of the challenges we face when playing the double-bass as a solo instrument in Arabic music, even before the interaction with quarter-tones, is ornamentation. Ornamentation is an inseparable part of this music and we must try and express it … Continue reading

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Classical Arabic Music Primary Terms

Here are a few Important Primary terms of classical Arabic music. This list is taken from my yet unpublished paper “Introduction to Playing the Double Bass as a Solo Instrument in Arabic Music” by Hagai Bilitzky: Arabic note names Note names … Continue reading

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