Educational Videos

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Lesson 1 – Maqam Ajam

 

The first maqam you are going to learn is Maqam Ajam; a very popular and common maqam which is familiar to Western ears, as it resembles the Western Major mode.

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Lesson 2 – Maqam Nahawand

 

Maqam Nahawand, another popular maqam which is also very familiar to Western ears, as it resembles the Minor mode and does not include any microtonal accidentals. This video demonstrates the ascending scale starting from Do.

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Lesson 3 – Maqam Kurd

 

The next Maqam you are going to learn is Kurd, yet another popular Maqam which does not use microtonal accidentals. This video demonstrates the sequence of intervals for the ascending scale starting from Re.

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Lesson 4 – Maqam Hijaz

 

This Maqam is extremely popular and usually associated with Middle-Eastern music for its distinctive flavour. Its principal characteristics are the first 4 notes, a semitone followed by a tone and a half and then by another semitone.