23.1 - Continuing Shahrazad Longa part 1
The last lesson in the Learn the Oud series 3 starts with an exercise on offset before
.moving on to explain the third verse in Shahrazad Longa
Hello my name is Tareq Al Jundi from i3zif.com. today in the last lesson, we will continue the third and fourth verse in Shahrazad Longa. Before we start with the third verse, let us look at the exercise we have here. We will talk about shifting process that we will use here, it will start in Do*Play music* , the first note in the exercise is Do, second one is Re, half position with the first finger *Play music* ♭ Mi with the second finger *Play music* then I have Fa *Play music* with the first finger, then I have Sol *Play music* the shifting exercise that we need to practice, like we have here Do Ri Mi Fa Sol Fa Mi Re, repeated 3 times, 3 bars then Do, I will play this exercise and then we will analyze it *Play music*let us talk about it slowly. First of all , the shifting happening here is happening between ♭ Mi with the second finger and the Fa. When I want to play this shifting , my first finger has to be steady on Re, while I am playing ♭ Mi, without the pick, when I want to shift it has to be like this, my first finger can't be like *Play music*, this way there is an off tune possibility, very high, but when played like this *Play music*.even when I want to go back, the return is as we notice, the fingers are as close as possible to the wrist, this is the Fa *Play music* , notice how my first finger is steady, so when Re is played correctly*Play music* ♭ Mi will be correct *Play music*, when we reach Fa then we play Sol *Play music* with the third finger *Play music* we can make sure it is right like this *Play music* Fa *Play music* Mi *Play music* first of all, I advise this exercise, ♭ Mi, *Play music* Fa*Play music*, first I hit, shift my finger then lower the pick , like this, to avoid this noise *Play music*this noise must be avoided.
Another thing I want to say, remember how my thumb has to be descending diagonally, and not stay constant. Let us look at this exercise, *Play music* those exercises, especially shifting exercises, have to be played without vibrato or (vibrating) I shouldn't do this *Play music* because vibrato loses the right tone, and we have to start practicing *Play music* because if we don't get it right the first time *Play music* for example, then my eye can estimate where Fa is, I know this is ♭ Mi, this is Fa. this is why you need to keep an eye on the Oud, and it will come with time.
Look at the third verse here, try to read the bars, the first 4 bars are Tati Tati Tati Tati Tati Tati Tati Ta , and as written here, Re Sol First, then Sol Si, this Si is ♭ Si, has to be with the 2nd finger, and half position. Look at the first bar *Play music*♭ Si is half position, how do I make sure it is right, La has to be correct. *Play music* this is La, this is ♭ Si *Play music* then Si Re *Play music* then Re Sol, this is Re, Sol with the 3rd finger. Notice how when I played the Re, my first finger was steady reaching Fa, then I played Sol. So the first 2 bars Re Sol Sol Si Si Re Re Sol *Play music* like this .the next 2 bars Sol Fa Fa Mi Fa Mi Re, Sol with the 3rd , and Fa with 1st. then Fa Mi , Fa stays with the 1st, then ♭ Mi with the 2nd, shifting exercise, Fa Mi Re 4th 2nd 1st, and repeat Sol Fa Fa Mi *Play music* Fa Mi Re *Play music* okay.
I will repeat the first line *Play music* this needs to be practiced very slowly to have pure tones.
Look at the following bars Ta Fa Ti Ta Fa Ti Fi Ta Fa Ti Fi Ta Fa Ti Fi Ta Fa Ti Fi Ta Fa Ti Fi Tati Ta , let us read the first bar Do Re Mi Fa Mi Re Do Mi, we are still in half position, after we played the last bar Fa Mi Re *Play music* here *Play music* Do Re Mi Fa Mi Re Do Mi, Fa with the 4th *Play music* second bar, Re Do Si Re Do Si La Sol *Play music* we stayed in half position Re Do Si Re Do Si La Sol *Play music* next bar Fa sol La Si Do Re Si La , here the Fa # will be in 3rd finger, because in half position La came with the 1st, again Fa Sol La Si *Play music* last bar Sol Re , look here we have shifting from first to first, and notice how the thumb is lowering diagonally. Last bar Sol *Play music* we can also play as written, down down *Play music* or we can play *Play music* but notice the difference in sound between *Play music* and *Play music*. This ends up better and more pure, especially when played faster.