13 - Play the Nahawand Minor scale
In this lesson we learn with Mr. Majed how to play the Nahawand Do scale, and what are its dimensions. Mr. Majed plays the famous track “Mon Amor”.
Welcome to i3zif.com, I am Majed Srour, today is our 8th lesson, and we will play Do Minor scale or "Al Nahawand" . Do Minor as known internationally is equivalent to Nahawand scale in oriental arabic language, they are the exact same scale. I will play it on the Zither *Play music* as you can hear, it is different than the Do Major, which is all white keys on the piano, the off-tunes here are different than in the Do Major in the 3rd, 6th, and 7th. 3rd is Mi, Do Re Mi, Mi in Major as we said it is regular, as white keys in the piano, here Do Re are as white keys in the piano, and Mi is the black key, Mi is lower by ½ tone, this lower tone is called ♭,and if it is higher it is called ♯. So this Mi here is ♭Mi meaning Mi lowered by ½ tone, which sounds like this *Play music* *Sound tune* in Do major it was *sound tune* this was the regular Mi, but when we lowered it by ½ tone to ♭Mi, it is now *sound tune* then the rest of the scale *Play music* we also have 2 lowered tones, La and Si the 6th and 7th notes. So we have *sound tune* La is lower, first it was *sound tune* in Do Major, now it is lower, ♭La lowered by ½ note *sound tune* also Si is lowered, it will be *sound tune* *Play music* and in the off-tunes in the Zither, in the Mi all of them are lowered, also in La and Si, because we have ♭Mi, ♭La, ♭Si. Notice the difference of impression between Do Major scale that we talked about, and the Do Minor which is Nahawand. The Do Major was a little cheerful, when a composer wants to create a song that has a cheerful tune or for a happy occasion, he would choose the Do Major as one of the first options to compose the tune for the happy song. But if he has a sad or melancholy song, he would have to go with the Minor, which we are talking about today. Still in the oriental scales we have many more even sadder scales, this is not the saddest one, but this gives a nice melancholy. This is the summarized difference I wanted to explain between the Do Major and Do Minor. I will play the track we agreed upon, Mon Amour *Play music*.the exercises that we learned, and every time I remind you of these exercises, we need to practice them continuously, they are not just a temporary phase that ends, they continue with us. They help our flexibility and enable us to play anything. They can help us play the notes and hops of this piece. We will also learn in upcoming lessons the continuous sounds which are called “Al Ferdash” , we will learn this in upcoming lessons. See you next time.