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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.