The Oud is the ancestor of the lute and has a similar rounded body and angled headstock. It is played with a long flexible plectrum, commonly called a risha or mizrab. Being fretless, it’s a particularly challenging instrument, and requires a lot of dedication to play. Though the lute has largely died out in Europe, the oud is still commonly played all over the Arabic world.
I take all levels of students, from beginning and upwards, so if you’re just starting out, don’t worry. Lessons can be 30 mins, 45 mins or an hour, it’s up to you. The first step is to contact me and we can discuss your needs and interests.