How long will it take me to learn to play Oud?

Please keep in mind that learning an instrument, or music in general, is a long process, or in fact, it is a non-finishing journey.  The more you learn an instrument, the more you find out how much more you want to learn.

You definitely won’t be able to master any instrument in a matter of a couple of years, but if you show commitment and discipline for practice, it may take you between several weeks to a few months before you can start playing simple songs correctly.

Some people have the ability to learn certain skills faster than others. For instance, some people pick up the techniques of the right hand faster than others, while others may excel in learning notation and rhythmical forms faster.  

I am an adult who has never played music before. Can I do this?

The problem for an adult to learn an instrument is mostly related to the level of concentration, their time management and definitely not to their ability to understand or to learn new skills.  If you’re able to manage your time, you show commitment and you dedicate time to practice Oud on a regular basis, then no matter how old you are, you can still become a good Oud player.

I want to learn the Oud but I don’t have time to practice

Everyone can find time for practice, no matter how busy they can be in life.  If you have time to drink your coffee, watch tv, or go on social media, then yes you do have time to practice your instrument. Develop a passion for it.  Think of it when you wake up in the morning and when you come back from work or before you go to bed at night. Think of your instrument as an extension of yourself.

I don’t want to learn music notation. I want to learn Oud by ear.

Music notation is essential to the learning process of an instrument. It will allow you to develop skills and techniques much faster. We only teach the Oud instrument along with the music notation. However, some of the sessions may focus on ear training and improvising on the instrument by ear.

If you insist on learning certain music pieces by ear, or if you’d like to take lessons only to learn improvisation on the Oud, we’ll be willing to give you those lessons with great pleasure. However, please keep in mind that packages cannot be offered for this, and that you will need to purchase individual custom lessons at $50 each.

How often do I need to practice Oud in order to show progress?

Consistency is key for progress.  You need to practice regularly and in a very disciplined manner.  Start with warm-up and technical exercises before jumping to the fun part of playing a piece or a song. Ideally, if time permits, practice a minimum of 1 to 2 hours per day.  A minimum practice of 15min every day is important if you don’t have time for longer practice sessions. Practice every day and don’t wait too long between practice days. Better practice 15min every day, then dedicate one or two days per week for longer practice sessions. Also, always use a metronome, especially if you’re a beginner. I cannot stress enough how important a metronome is. Just use it.