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Middle Eastern Fiddle - Maqams & Microtones!
Exotic and mysterious?
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May 6, 2022 - 5:38 am
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Middle Eastern music can have mystical sounds - but what makes it so? 

VERY enlightening masterclass, "What is Maqam?" - (more than scales)  by Sami Abu Shumays! 



All you Cello players might feel more at home playing the violin this way. 😊  Not everyone in the Middle East does it, but as mentioned (in the video comments), was popular in Europe 500 years ago - and small Viols were played this way during the Baroque Era. 

So, if anyone has issues playing 'Western Style', try this!



EASY TO UNDERSTAND video about some "Differences between Arabic and Turkish Quartertones, Half-flats & Microtones"! (OudforGuitarists) 




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 - Emily


May 7, 2022 - 5:50 am
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It's no secret that I'm pretty passionate about exploring Old World styles of music and how they relate to our fiddles. 😊 

I've been lucky enough to run across a few musicians who try to keep much of this music alive, by promoting these lesser known traditional styles and making it more accessible to us fiddlers. 

I've been very impressed with the Beth Bahia Cohen workshops I attended at the last 3 Fiddle Hell Festivals! 

"A Life Story Through Strings" - Beth Bahia Cohen.



Beth Bahia Cohen is a violinist of Syrian Jewish and Russian Jewish heritage. Inspired at a young age by the sounds she heard at family gatherings, she went on to study with master musicians from Hungary, Greece, Turkey, and the Middle East. She plays the violin, viola, Greek lyras, Turkish bowed tanbur and kabak kemane, Norwegian hardingfele, and Egyptian rababa. 

Beth is a founding member of the Greek ensemble Ziyiá, a frequent teacher with the Eastern European Folklife Center, and an Assistant Professor at Berklee College of Music, where she leads the Berklee Greek Ensemble and the Berklee Global Strings Ensemble.

Beth also plays some beautiful Yayli Tanbur (Turkish bowed long-neck lute) music.  

"Şehnaz Saz Semai" by Kemençeci Nikolai.





@ABitRusty -

The "Yayli Tanbur" is like a BOWED BANJO! 


- Emily

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