Qanun

Qanun (also spelled “kanun”, “kanoon”, “qanoon”) – A member of the zither family of instruments, the qanun is plucked with 2 rectangular picks which are attached to the index fingers with metal rings. It has 76 strings in courses of 3, and is widely used Read More …

Oud

Oud – A fretless lute used throughout the Middle East. It originated in ancient Persia, and became popular with the Arabs, who took it with them to Spain during the time of Moorish Andalucia. From there it was adopted by musicians of the west, who Read More …

Ney

Ney (nai, nay) – An end-blown bamboo flute with a beautiful breathy sound. The ney is used in Turkish, Persian & Arabic music. The ney being played in the photograph is an Arabic neys. Turkish neys are characterised by a UFO-shaped mouthpiece, known as the Read More …

Riq

Riq is the Arabic tambourine, traditionally made with fish skin, but now commonly made with mylar or other kinds of synthetic heads. ┬áThe riq is a difficult instrument to master, and is the primary percussion instrument in classical Arabic music. ┬áThere are different styles in Read More …

Darbuka

Darbuka – Also known as the Egyptian tabla, doumbek, and a host of other names, this goblet shaped drum is ubiquitous in Middle Eastern music. Traditionally the darbuka was made of clay and fish or goat skin, but currently the most common materials are cast Read More …