Category Archives: How-to

Valentine’s Day Gift for Boyfriend – Perfect Gift for $30 or Less

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 30, 2014, no comments

I love gift giving. I feel it is a special time when I can think ONLY about the person that I am giving a gift to. This makes me feel good to think that I am being a good friend, girlfriend, daughter or whatever my relationship is with the person because I am showing my […]

Bayat e Tork – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 24, 2014, no comments

In Persian music, Bayat e Tork is the next sub-dastgah after Abu Ata. Bayat e Tork is very different in feeling from the mother Dastgah Shur which it belongs to. Bayat e Tork can be treated as an independent Dastgah as you will see it differs a lot in melody and quality from Shur, and […]

Avaz-e Abu Ata – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 13, 2014, no comments

In Persian music, we have Dastgah, but we also have what I like to call sub-dastgah. As we have dealt with Dastgah Shur already in this article. It is logical to keep in that vein now and discuss the offshoots of Shur, or the sub-dastgah of Dastgah Shur. We will now deal with Avaz-e Abu […]

DIY: How to Make Finger Cymbals Covers

by Majnuun Music & Dance on January 4, 2014, no comments

I want to improve my finger cymbals or zill playing. This has been on my mind especially since I started performing with Navid. To improve my technique, I must practice playing finger cymbals, of course. But the problem with practicing finger cymbals is that they are LOUD. Yes, they are small, but they are cymbals. […]

Dastgah Shur – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 28, 2013, no comments

If we want to adequately learn Persian music and the traditional Radif, learning Dastgah Shur is of fundamental importance. Shur is at the beginning of the Radif. Radif, as we have discussed means order, or line. Shur is one of the most common Dastgah you will hear in Iran. It is sometimes the first scale […]

How an Amateur Dancer Became a Shimmy Mob flash mob Choreographer

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 20, 2013, no comments

On December 4, 2013. I was working away on my computer at home, and I received a call from a number I did not recognize. “Hello?” “Hi, it’s Sabeya. How are you doing?”   Right. Sabeya did ask for my phone number by email. She had had problems with the video files I sent to […]

Dastgah Mahur – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 2, 2013, no comments

Back to Persian music and the Persian musical tradition called the “Radif”. I want to begin by introducing you to a Persian Dastgah called Mahur. Mahur sounds very familiar to Western ears because it includes a theme that is almost exactly the Western major scale BUT with the ABSENCE of equal temperament.

How to Make Belly Dance Costume out of a Dress – Easy!

by Majnuun Music & Dance on November 17, 2013, no comments

I really enjoy making my own belly dance costumes and reading about how to make belly dance costume as well. It has become my hobby over the years. Designing and selecting fabric, sequins and beads are so fun. Sewing is not so exciting sometimes, especially when you keep poking your fingers with needles, but when […]

Learn Oud with Oud For Guitarists: Available Now!

by Majnuun Music & Dance on August 1, 2013, no comments

A Clear and Concise Way to Learn Oud We are pleased to announce that you can learn Oud now with “Oud For Guitarists”. It is available online at www.oudforguitarists.com. We are so excited about this product. We want to share the world of Oud music with everybody, and we think this is a great way […]

Lamma Bada Yatathanna

by Majnuun Music & Dance on July 20, 2013, no comments

Here is a short video of Navid performing a very famous traditional piece, Lamma Bada Yatathanna. This piece of music is very dear to Navid. It was one of the first pieces of Oud music that Navid ever heard. It was 16 years ago,