Category Archives: Oud for Guitarists

Dastgah Segah – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on March 21, 2014, no comments

  Dastgah Segah is very interesting… It is very exotic to the Western ear particularly because it begins on a note that is never often heard as a tonic. It begins on E quarter flat. This creates an interesting sound because it is out of phase with the pitches that are used as the open […]

Avaz-e Dashti – Persian Music Continued – The Oud Geek

by Majnuun Music & Dance on February 21, 2014, no comments

          In this post you will hear Avaz-e Dashti, the haunting sound of the desert. Dasht means desert in Farsi. It is a soulful longing that is heard in Dashti. It is the howling winds, and the endless quiet of the desert. All these sounds can be heard in Dashti. Until […]

Avaz-e Afshari – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on February 7, 2014, no comments

Afshari   Avaz-e Afshari is another sub-dastgah of Shur. It is very short and only has three gushe in the Radif of Mirza Abdollah, but it is very expressive and particular. In the recording you will hear we are using the root of Shur in D, or jins Bayati from D.   “qb” = quarter […]

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 […]

Dastgah Homayoun & Esfahan – Persian Music Continued

by Majnuun Music & Dance on December 10, 2013, 2 comments

  In continuing our discussion about Persian Dastgah system and Radif, I will now discuss the next “scale” that is most familiar to Western ears. This is our equivalent to any harmonic minor scale, except with the ABSENCE of equal temperament and the ADDITION of a few quartertones.   In the last article, I discussed […]

“A happy marriage of Middle Eastern music and dance” by The National

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

Majnuun was featured in an online article on The National, a news publisher in the United Arab Emirates. We are really excited to share the article which came out just yesterday. It talks about our story behind creation of Majnuun Music & Dance and Oud for Guitarists. Read the article here

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 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 […]

Learn Oud with Oud for Guitarists – The Trailer

by Majnuun Music & Dance on July 27, 2013, no comments

A week ago I made a post about creating a product about how to learn Oud. Well the product is finished and it will be released online in a few days. Here is a promotional video that tells you what to expect and how to purchase it.

Oud Lessons: Oud For Guitarists-The Making

by Majnuun Music & Dance on July 19, 2013, no comments

Oud Lessons For Guitarists Oud For Guitarists all began with one simple desire, to make learning Middle Eastern music easy for people with a western background in music. There is a lot of exotic mystery surrounding Middle Eastern music even today, but there is an ever growing interest in Arabic, Turkish and Persian music, particularly […]