Arabic Musical Scales
Basic Maqam Teachings
with 2 Audio CDs
Author: Cameron Powers

Arabic Musical Scales

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You just put together what I was looking for, a concise yet comprehensive material for someone like me to study and get on with my ultimate passion, Arabic music!"


"I bought your CDs and book of basic maqam techniques. It was a wonderful surprise... it put everything I was looking for in my hands with no effort!"


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"Excellent book. I would highly recommend the CDs that are sold separately as well. They are very well done. Very informational and also have improvised demonstrations of the scales so you can hear each scale in a musical setting."


"Your book on Middle Eastern scales has been invaluable to me. I lead a Middle Eastern musical ensemble but I'm the only Arab in the group, so your book has been the standard by which I teach my musicians. It really is a great book."


"Your book put a real smile on my face! It's a really wonderful book! Really well put together and distilled so that folks can really get into it!" - Joe Zeytoonian


"I have been continuing to study and enjoy Arabic Musical Scales: Basic Maqam Teachings, which I highly recommend to all." -- Alexandra du Bois, Composer for Kronos Quartet


"Hi Cameron,
Two long years of studying Arabic language while unable to play instruments, and I'm recovered at last; reunited with my instruments and delving into your books and CDs with great joy!!! And I'm sure I cannot adequately express my gratitude for all your careful work that I rely on every single day...
My oud teacher is based in Ottoman/Turkish/Greek styles, and it is your materials that have helped me the most with the intonations of the Arabic styles. I've developed a taste for: Egyptian, Jordanian, Syrian, Lebanese, Palestinian.
Thanks again for your huge contributions to teaching this subject. I am always ready to mention your books to others who may be interested."


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Designed for both the beginner and the professional musician,
Arabic Musical Scales is the ultimate guide to 45 of the most popular Maqams

with 2 audio CDs

2 CDs


The 2 included audio CDs
make understanding simple and clear

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From Cairo to Tunisia; from Damascus to Baghdad; from Beirut to Aleppo; as far West as Istanbul and Greece, musicians live and breathe ancient musical scales, Maqams, that have survived intact for hundreds, even thousands of years. Knowledge of these scales unlocks an incredibly powerful tool for composing infinitely varied melodies and songs.

If you are in love with a Middle Eastern sounding music scale and want to learn Arabic music and related Indian music scales, you need genuine Middle Eastern music theory which is Arabic music theory.
How to write Middle Eastern music involves using Eastern modes, Middle East instruments, and genuine Arabic music scales.


Open the door to ROMANTIC & MYSTICAL emotions
engendered by playing these maqams!

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Cameron Powers is a musical ambassador of peace and master of Arabic music. Along with his wife, singer Kristina Sophia, Cameron has dedicated his life to sharing the truth of the beauty of the Arabic speaking people through over 300 musical and cultural presentations across the USA and other countries. He has made numerous journeys to the Middle East to perform popular Arabic music with the ordinary people on street corners and in cafes, and before an audience of 60,000 at the Cairo Stadium in Egypt as part of a fundraiser for a new children's hospital. The popular travel guide, Lonely Planet Guide to the Middle East devotes a page to descriptions of his musical peace work and 501c3 non-profit organization, Musical Missions of Peace.