Riq and frame drums Frame drums are found in many cultures, and have long lasting history. Examples of many different kinds, are replicated in clay statues, hand writings, paintings and popular art. The first place where the frame drum is found, is in Mesopotamia in the 3000BC. The idea and concept of smaller frame drums […]
The origins of the Azeri Kamancheh Azeri kamancheh is the ancient grandfather of the modern violin. Many believe that the invention of the violin followed the influences of the kamancheh and the lira. The Azeri kamancheh is a wondering instrument. It has reached many countries but can be found mostly in central Asia in countries such as: […]
Approaching the tuning If you are reading this after having some experience with tuning western instruments such as guitars, get ready, this isn’t that easy. So take few minutes to read about the right way to tune your oud, and give it the appropriate time to practice it. Eventually, when the oud is tuned well, […]
The secrets of the Tar What is the secret of the instrument that was invented in Shiraz (Iran) but rather quickly wondered to Herat in Afghanistan and quickly concreting the hearts of the caucasus. In the small villages of Azerbaijan, people are still playing the Tar and listening to it’s magical sounds. They bring the tar […]
In a small shop in Istanbul In Unkapani, one of Istanbul’s quarters, a small shop is hiding. From the window you can find guitars and also turkish percussion instruments. The big sign on the doorstep gives a clue to what goes inside: “Cumbus”. If you are lucky enough to come when Fethi Abidin Cumbus is […]
So, time has come and you’ve decided you want to make your dream come true: To play the oud. Munir Bashir, is playing in your headphones and Abd El Wahab is flowing in your blood. It is time to find an Oud that is perfect for you. Before we start, take a big breath, there’s a […]
The best kamancha players We are often receiving mails from people who are curious about the different between Azerbaijani Kamancha to Persian kamancheh. Usually we send them to dig in youtube, but finally I took the time to write a post with my favourite musicians, focusing on this post on Azerbaijani style. For the first video, […]
In azerbaijan you meet some time very weird ideas, but something like this we haven’t seen yet. An azerbaijani kamancha made of turtle shell. Also: 2 kamanches with 1 body – is it really possible? (Don’t get scared from the blue suited serious looking guy).