In the Arab origin, Oud is considered to be ?the king of
instruments?. It is assumed that the name al-oud is derived from
the Arabic for ?the wood? and came to Europe through North
Africa. The sound of the Oud vibrates within its hollow body. It is
made of a rounded back, which is enclosed with a soundboard, a flat
sheet of wood, whereas, the backside of it is made of 15-25 strips of
wood. Usually, the open side of the back portion is known as the
There are mainly 2 distinctive features of this musical instrument- one is its pear-shaped body and the second is its fretless neck. On the other hand, the body of this instrument has 1-3 sound holes, which usually remains decorated with purfling. The Oud is the grandfather of the modern Guitar. The Guitar that everyone loves so dearly today was descended from the Lute.
For those who like to bend the rules and want to try something new and get out of old paradigms or want to play notes that you can?t find on piano then Oud is for you. When you learn to play the Oud you will also learn how to improvise. Middle Eastern musicians sometimes improvise entire performances.
If you are a Jazz musician, you may already be comfortable with this, but it may be a strange idea for classically trained musicians. Since oud is fretless allowing the player to play just about any frequency of sound within three octaves. That means you can play quartertones. Quartertones are the notes in between the notes on a piano. In other words, they don?t exist in Western music.
Thus if you are a beginner then you must know Oud is not only a very dynamic and exciting instrument, but it also has a huge meditative effect and has been used in ancient history to create a relaxed state of mind.