Hysinger Music - Instruments
The "Oud" is a Middle Eastern fretless lute,
usually having 11 strings (this one goes up to  
11!) arranged in double courses similar to a
12-string guitar, the lowest string being a
single string due to the string thickness.
Oud Front
Oud Back

             Turkish short-necked Saz
The Saz is a Turkish instrument
with 7 strings: two double courses
and one triple course. There are
several types of Saz ranging from
the very large "Divan" saz to
the very
small "Cura", which is similar to the
Greek "Baglama". In Turkish
"Baglama" is the term for the  
medium sized Saz instruments,
such as the one in the picture. In
Iran there is also a very similar
instrument called a "Setar". This
instrument looks and sounds like
the Turkish saz but is played
differently. To confuse the issue
even more the term "Saz" merely
means "Instrument" in Farsi. All of
these instruments have a bright
sound and can range from delicate
to a very full sound. Listen to the
opening of "Long Journey Home"
for a sample of this sound.
Listen to the beginning of my song entitled
"I Start to Under
stand" for a sample of the
sound of the oud.

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