We’re looking for the best oud gifts for players as well as fans of this delicate string instrument. Choose from classical or contemporary music, T-shirts, posters, refrigerator magnets, coffee mugs, throw pillows, colorful buttons, trucker hats, cotton canvas tote bags, cooking aprons, and more unique oud gifts.
Jimmy Page (Led Zeppelin) The idea of a hypnotic riff as the prime mover of a piece of music has been around for a long time, whether you’re talking about the Delta blues or music from Middle Eastern and African cultures.
What musician doesn’t love a soft, comfortable T-shirt? These oud designs are available in many styles and colors, so you can try different combinations until you create the perfect gift. Click on any item to see what’s available. Pick a size, and you’re all set!
Refrigerator magnets are of our favorite inexpensive gift ideas for oud players. Colorful magnets are practical and stylish. Standard size square magnets measure 2 by 2 inches. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper. A layer of scratch and UV-resistant Mylar keeps each magnet looking brand new for years.
Here’s a gift idea that’s perfect for the office or music room. These 100% polyester pillows are made of a high quality knit fabric. Not only are they soft, they’re wrinkle free. Click on any design to see more size and style options.
Mugs are one of our favorite affordable oud gifts. Everyone can use a few mugs. Click on any mug to see how the design looks from different angles. Choose from many sizes, styles, and colors to create a personal gift for your favorite oudist.
Classic cotton-poly twill blend aprons are another of our top picks for practical oud gifts. Choose from several style and color options. Spacious front pockets hold plenty of utensils and cooking tools. Aprons are machine washable and proudly made in the U.S.A.
Colorful buttons are another fun and inexpensive music gift idea. Standard sized square buttons measure 2 inches by 2 inches, and round buttons are usually available in several sizes. Designs are printed on 100% recycled paper and covered with scratch and UV-resistant Mylar for years of enjoyment. For a customized gift, simply choose a new background color.
One of the most popular oud gifts is a set of playing cards. Each comes packaged in a cardboard box for easy gifting. Poker size cards measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches, with 52 playing cards and 2 jokers per deck. Click on any design to see the available options. Standard cards are printed on smooth card stock, and premium quality Bicycle playing cards are printed on durable semi-gloss card stock.
The oud is a pear-shaped stringed instrument similar to the lute. It can be distinguished from the lute by its smaller neck and lack of frets. Both of these string instruments are regarded as ancestors of the guitar.
Ouds are commonly used in Arabic, Greek, Turkish, Persian, Jewish, Byzantine, Armenian, North African, Somali, and Middle Eastern music.
Modern day ouds are categorized as Arabic or Turkish, though the distinction has little to do with geography. Turkish ouds are popular in Greece and other parts of the Mediterranean. Iraqi, Egyptian, and Syrian ouds are popular throughout the Arab world, and are classified as Arabic ouds because of their similarities.
Lightly constructed Turkish ouds can be distinguished by their string courses, which are placed closer together. Turkish ouds are tuned a step higher than Arabic ouds, producing a sound that is taut and shrill. Arabic ouds are typically larger with a longer scale length. This produces a fuller and deeper sound.
More Oud Facts
A person who performs on this string instrument is called an oudist.
Notable oudists include Rahim Alhaj, Ahmed Alshaiba, Amer Ammouri, Anouar Brahem, Hamza El Din, H. Aram Gulezyan, Aarif Jaman, Saad Mahmood Jawad, Yuval Ron, Alan Shavarsh Bardezbanian, and Scott Wilson.
An instrumental interpretation of Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal” was arranged by Ahmed Alshaiba, a young musician from Yemen who now makes his home in New York City. The talented player is self-taught and likes to create a mix of eastern and western styles.
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