Oud Cafe Website
A great new site with outstanding instructional material for new oud players. Lots of excellent information and sound files to get anybody going with the oud.
A new website providing a unique collection of Arab Instruments which are selectively Imported from their countries of origin. They deliver worldwide and are committed to outstanding service.
Khalaf Oud Luthery
Follow Jameel Abraham's project, and see detailed photos on how to build an oud. I have really enjoyed seeing the work that goes into making this beautiful instrument.
Dr. Oud's Website
A website for the most helpful oudmaker on the Net. I don't know how many times I've emailed Doc with oud questions. Check out his oud construction book too. It is a must read for all oud lovers!
Astrid's Site (oudinfo.de)
A great German site about the oud. Lots of information, and also a step-by-step section on oud building. Watch Astrid build her third oud, and see pictures of the first two she has made.
The Oud - David Parfitt's Website
One of the first online oud resources ever available on the Net. A must bookmark for any avid oud fan! One can find an abundance of great information here. I learned how to restring my oud from the diagrams on David's site.
John Bilezikjian - Dantz Records
A great website for master oudist, John Bilezikjian. His music is noted for incorporating many diverse elements, such as folk, classical, Near Eastern and Western. He has been performing for over 40 years, and you can learn more about this great entertainer, musician, singer, composer and teacher - and more importantly human being - on his website.
This is a very fine website with concise, yet informative details about the oud and about the webmaster's conversion from guitar to oud. Nikos really did a nice job on his website.
Dimitris Rapakousios - Luthier/Oud Maker
Check out this website to see the amazing work of the Greek master luthier, Dimitris Rapakousios. He uses the finest materials, and it is evident that he works with much attention to detail. You can also hear examples of some of his instruments.
OudStrings.com carries the widest selection of high-quality oud strings in North America. Their mission is to provide great products and personalized service at an excellent value. Brian has been a long time member of the forums and is not only a great source for strings, but for music and oud knowledge in general.
Hank Levin - MusiCaravan
An excellent resource in Northern California. Find uds for sale, great custom strings (MusiCaravan, Necati Celik & PVF trebles), a great little brass luthiers gluepot with an electric warmer, neys, and bendirs. There is also a great photo gallery with repair sequences, and an audio/video room.
Classical Arabic Music
An excellent new website that presents a diverse number of examples representing the various Arabic maqamat, forms and rhythms. Also, selected educational information about the musical structure, history and musical instruments of Arabic music.
Salem Abdel Karem
I don't know much about Mr. Abdel Karem, but he included a clip of a Farid el-Atrache song in the audio section of his site. So I had to include him in my links page!
Visit this site to learn about the Lebanese oud maker, Nazih Ghadban. There is a nice page that shows some of the ouds that you can order from him if you are in the market for an Arabic oud.
Visit this site to see what you can get from the master oud maker, Viken Najarian. If it is electric ouds that you want, then check him out. He also makes great traditional ouds too!
Visit this site to find out more about a local ensemble of volunteer musicicians who perform classical Arabic music. The artistic director is Wael Kakish, who also doubles as my oud teacher!
A great site outlining the maqamat used in classical Arabic music. An excellent resource with explanations of many maqamat, the art of modulation, and various forms like samai, bashraf, dawr, dulab, and more.
Basem was born in Egypt, and he started playing oud and guitar at the age of 12. He studied classic music at the Arabic music academy in Cairo. He represented the University in different festivals and won a prize for the best oud player in 1985 and 1986.
Pablo's Oud Page
A very nice oud website by Pablo Gonzalez. Pablo is from Argenitna, and on his site there are lots of great resources and links anybody interested in the oud can benefit from.
Haytham Safia is a fabulous, young oud player who is originally from Palestine. He now lives in the Netherlands, and he performs regularly at various venues. He is in the process of releasing his second CD.
Arabic Musical Scores
Faultless Musical Scores for many famous Arab composers including Farid El Atrache, Abdel Wahab, Sayid Darwish, Sayid Makkawy, Zakariya Ahmad, and more. Plus folk songs and muwashahat Andalusiya.
Visit this website to learn more about the Greek luthier, Tasos Theodorakis. His instruments look stunning, and he also has nice old instruments as well.
Check out Ihab Radwan's website for more information regarding oud lessons in or around the area of Paris, France.
Primarily a guitarist, Dann M. Torres has made the varied trek from ensemble musician, to session musician and now to solo artist. Check out his website for more information.
Kamil is a multi-talented musician. In addition to playing the oud, the violin and singing, he is also a composer and orchestrator who has his own distinctive style.
M'oudswing's goal is for Arabic music and jazz to co-exist in harmony while still retaining their respective musical origins.
Hossein Behroozinia was born on June 11, 1962 in Tehran, Iran with a heart and soul for music. Visit his website to find out more about this fantastic musician.
Pyramid Strings from Max Junger
The website of Max Junger where you can order directly from Germany Pyramid oud strings, and/or custom Pyramid Lute strings with various guages and tensions. Max and Sabine are extremely helpful working with you to customize strings that will match your oud perfectly.