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Harmonic Secrets of Arabic Music Scales

by Various Artists

Expand your musical world! Here are 18 Arabic Music Scales played and illustrated with short tunes composed in the perfect harmony of just intonation. Tune your keyboard or other instrument and give it a try.
Genre: World: Middle East Traditional
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1. Introduction
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2. Hijaz Gharib in D
Cameron Powers
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3. Hijaz Gharib Melody in D (Rhythm: 8/8 Tsiftitelli)
Cameron Powers
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4. Hijaz Taqasim in D
Jihad Ibrahim
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5. Hijaz Vocal Taqasim in G
Saadoun Al Bayati
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6. Hijaz Dulab in G
Saadoun Al Bayati
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7. Hijaz Awji in D
Cameron Powers
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8. Hijaz Awji Melody in D (Rhythm: 8/8 Tsiftitelli)
Cameron Powers
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9. Shehnaz in D
Cameron Powers
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10. Shehnaz Melody in D (Rhythm: 4/4 Maqsum)
Cameron Powers
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11. Kurd in D
Cameron Powers
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12. Kurd Melody in D(Rhythm: 10/8 Jurjina)
Cameron Powers
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13. Kurd Taqasim in D
Jihad Ibrahim
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14. Bayati in D
Cameron Powers
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15. Bayati Melody in D (Rhythm: 8/8 Dabke)
Cameron Powers
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16. Bayati Taqasim in D (Adif Version)
Adif Abd El Hamid
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17. Bayati Taqasim in D (Jihad Version)
Jihad Ibrahim
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18. Bayati Taqasim in D (Saadoun Version)
Saadoun Al Bayati
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19. Bayati Dulab in D
Adif Abd El Hamid
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20. Husayni in D
Cameron Powers
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21. Husayni Melody in D (Rhythm: 8/8 Wahda)
Cameron Powers
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22. Saba in D
Cameron Powers
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23. Saba Melody in D (Rhythm: 4/4 Sufi)
Cameron Powers
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24. Saba Taqasim in D (Jihad Version)
Jihad Ibrahim
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25. Saba Taqasim in D (Adif Version)
Adif Abd El Hamid
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26. Nahawand in C
Cameron Powers
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27. Nahawand Melody in C (Rhythm: 3/4 Waltz)
Cameron Powers
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28. Nahawand Taqasim in C (Adif Version)
Adif Abd El Hamid
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29. Nahawand Taqasim in C (Jihad Version)
Jihad Ibrahim
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30. Nahawand Dulab in C
Adif Abd El Hamid
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31. Nahawand Vocal Improv in G
Saadoun Al Bayati
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32. Rast in C
Cameron Powers
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33. Rast Melody in C (Rhythm: 2/4 Ayub)
Cameron Powers
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34. Rast Taqasim in C (Jihad Version)
Jihad Ibrahim
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35. Rast Taqasim in C (Adif Version)
Adif Abd El Hamid
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36. Rast Taqasim in C (Saadoun Version)
Saadoun Al Bayati
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37. Rast Dulab in C
Adif Abd El Hamid
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38. Suznak in C
Cameron Powers
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39. Suznak Melody in C (Rhythm: 8/8 Wahda)
Cameron Powers
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40. Nawa Athar in C
Cameron Powers
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41. Nawa Athar Melody in C (Rhythm: 5/4)
Cameron Powers
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42. Athar Kurd in C
Cameron Powers
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43. Athar Kurd Melody in C (Rhythm: 8/8 Tsiftitelli)
Cameron Powers
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44. Hijaz Kar in C
Cameron Powers
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45. Hijaz Kar Melody in C (Rhythm: 4/4 Maqsum)
Cameron Powers
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46. Hijaz Kar Taqasim in C(Jihad Version)
Jihad Ibrahim
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47. Hijaz Kar Taqasim in C(Adif Version)
Adif Abd El Hamid
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48. Ajam Ushayran in Bb
Cameron Powers
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49. Ajam Ushayran Melody in Bb (Rhythm: 7/8 Greek Kalamatiano)
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50. Ajam Ushayran Vocal Improv in Bb
Saadoun Al Bayati
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51. Ajam Taqasim in C
Jihad Ibrahim
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52. Huzam in E Half-Flat
Cameron Powers
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53. Huzam Melody in E Half-Flat (Rhythm: 4/4 Sufi)
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54. Huzam Taqasim in E Half-Flat
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55. Sikah in E Half-Flat
Cameron Powers
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56. Sikah Melody in E Half-Flat (Rhythm: 8/8 Baladi)
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57. Sikah Taqasim in E Half-Flat
Jihad Ibrahim
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58. Jaharkah in F
Cameron Powers
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59. Jaharkah Melody in F(Rhythm: 4/4 Maqsum)
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60. Rahat El Arwah in B Half-Flat
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61. Rahat El Arwah Melody in B Half-Flat (Rhythm: 9/8 Karsilama)
Cameron Powers
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62. Rahat El Arwah Taqasim in B Half-Flat (Saadoun Version)
Saadoun Al Bayati
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63. Rahat El Arwah Taqasim in B Half-Flat (Jihad Version)
Jihad Ibrahim
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
These CD's are specifically designed to accompany my book, Harmonic Secrets of Arabic Music Scales: Fine Tuning the Maqams. It is my hope that musicians in the Indigenous Middle East, especially the Arab world, will benefit from knowing that their ancient music can be in tune in a mathematically perfect way that Western equal-tempered music is not. It is also my hope that English-speaking Western-world musicians and composers will awaken to the vast powerful musical universe which awaits them if they are ready to take a look.
There are 18 basic maqamat, or musical modes, which are presented on these cd's. These are the first ones for a musician to learn to gain control of the vast pallet of musical colors presented in the rest of the book.
I have had some fun composing short melodies in these 18 modes. I have used the ancient fretless Middle Eastern stringed lute, or oud as my primary instrument for composition. I have added tracks which also feature the sound of the ancient Middle Eastern cane flute known as the ney or nay. I have also added the sound from the Turkish fretless banjo known as the cumbus, the sound from the Syrian buzuk and occasionally the sound of my voice. And I have used modern electronic tuning technology and have produced tracks with mathematically perfect tuning from a keyboard. I have also built rhythm tracks from the sounds of modern tunable frame drums. Although I have added short improvisations, or "taqasims" to most of these 18 short melodies, I have refrained from modulating away from the maqam I am demonstrating. I do this for the sake of clarity for the student. But in normal artistic improvisation modulations into related maqamat are usually included. One of the cd's which accompanies my first book, Arabic Musical Scales, is devoted to explaining and demonstrating some of the basic patterns of traditional cross-maqam modulation in Arabic music. Hopefully you will enjoy my 18 short compositions which illustrate how much fun we Westerners can have when we give ourselves access to these ancient universal mathematically perfect and justly intonated musical modes. These mathematically perfect intervals of course underlie all of the great carefully preserved world musical traditions. These have been especially well-documented in India, China, Persia, Greece and Turkey as well as in Egypt, Syria and Iraq. Happily, many modern electronic applications for creating music include dozens of justly intonated scales associated with ancient music traditions as something easily selectable for composition. Younger musicians are rapidly being exposed to these rich possibilities.
To add a more authentic feel I have added tracks of various improvisations or "taqasims" created in many of these maqamat which I have recorded personally from three indigenous Middle Eastern oud players.
Hopefully these CD's will inspire musicians and composers to sharpen their listening and performance skills so we can all enjoy a renewal of justly intonated perfectly harmonious music and experience the way it refreshes the soul to allow these musical vibrations to enter into us. Of course all of these recordings which involve playing on acoustic instruments have a fair share of imperfection and human error. But certain moments of perfect harmony will hopefully stand out all the more clearly and provide inspiration to the world musicians and composers of the future.


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