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Learn the Maqamat

learn maqamat

…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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Spy Work for Musicians

Magdi and Naim

When I was looking for visuals for my article on the double bass and Middle Eastern music I found this picture on this YouTube video: It looked kind of old, and you can see a somehow awkward looking double bass … Continue reading

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Double Bass and Orchestra – the Middle Eastern Version

The phenomenon of the Israeli Andalusian orchestras is fascinating. There are at least two big orchestras with a large subscription audiences and a few smaller ones.
These orchestras mostly preforms North African music, and their main audience is the large community of Jews who immigrated to Israel during the 50’s-60’s from the North African Arab countries like Morocco, Algiers and Tunisia. Continue reading

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The Big Question

Whether it is by email or in person from my own students, and so many times from players after every workshop I conduct, I get a lot of questions about playing the double bass in the music of the Middle … 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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Fuad Abbas

Umm Kulthum, “the star of the east”, had enormous influence on
the entire Arab world, and is considered the greatest traditional
Arab singer. She is known to have described the double bass as the
heart of the music. Continue reading

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