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Arabic Musical Scales: Basic Maqam Notation: Basic&hellip by Cameron Powers
The other review for this book seems to be unfairly negative. True, it doesn't ship with the CDs and it doesn't explain that sometimes maqamat can descend differently to how they ascend. However, these are minor points if you are starting out in this area and have no knowledge of maqamat.

Before I got this book I knew nothing about the Arabic musical modes. In the West we are generally used to hearing the same kinds of scales over and over, whereas in the Middle East there is a different common set of scales, a lot of which can sound quite mystical or exotic to us. This book will take you through over 40 of them, though it emphasises that just 17 are enough to have a very good… Read more
Makan -Digi- ~ Driss El Maloumi
Makan -Digi- ~ Driss El Maloumi
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
I've listened to a lot of oud music recently from all over the Middle East, having recently got myself an oud and wanting to listen to the masters. Of course there are many oud players who are virtuosos and technically brilliant, however, for me what was always missing was some real tangible emotion in the playing. I first heard Driss el Maloumi playing on Hesperion XXI's "Orient - Occident" album and was instantly taken aback by his technical ability and the texture with which he plays. Every note had a tangible feel to it which you could reach out and grab.

Driss doesn't put out a lot of solo albums [this is his second, I think] and I'm glad to say that Makan is in exactly the… Read more
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
I keep some wooden instruments in my room, and living in London near the river I thought I'd measure the humidity since wooden instruments don't like high humidity levels. I bought a hygrometer and was surprised to see that a lot of the time the humidity crept over 70% and sometimes to 80% which is far too much. I spent many weeks poring over my dehumidifier options, trying to save as much money as possible. Eventually it became clear that for the size of my room I would have to spend over £100, no way round it, I wouldn't be able to buy a smaller model or buy some dehumidifying eggs or anything like that instead. You get what you pay for after all.

After a few days' hard… Read more

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