Originally posted by Grampy Bobby
"David Lindley! Very recent, playing blues Oud!"
New name for me. What instrument is he playing?
That is the Arabic Oud, an instrument closely related to the Lute.
I knew a guy in Ramallah who played the Oud, Abu Gannon, a virtuoso on the instrument. We went to his house and got to talking, I had brought a mandolin and showed him some tunes and I asked to play his instrument. Abu has played with the Israeli philharmonic, a major player and it turned out later it was an honor for him to allow anyone to touch his instrument. I found out the first two set of strings were tuned in fifth's, just like a fiddle or mandolin and was able with those 4 strings to play some Irish tunes on it which surprised Abu no end
the Oud has sets of double strings like a 12 string guitar, two strings tuned to the same note and the next set up tuned in fifths to the first set, just like a fiddle. It was a memorable day for me to say the least.