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When I was only 5 years old I listened to the piano and I could tell there was something wrong: it should sound good but for some reason it didn't. They all thought it was in tune but I could tell that it wasn't... quite right...
When I was 14 I bought my first guitar. I could tell that it never sounded quite in tune. I tried to hear it as in tune but really... it wasn't quite right...
When I was 35 I bought the ancient grandfather of the guitar, a fretless Egyptian oud. Eventually, with practice, I learned to make it sound really good! Really in tune! And I learned so many beautiful ancient Egyptian scales!
Eventually I noticed: every time I changed to a different key, not only did the first note in the scale change but all the other notes did too!
Then I realized why the piano and the guitar had never sounded right. They were tuned in equal temperament!
But with modern electronic keyboard tuning technologies and with slinky strings on my guitar all that has changed. Now I can play perfectly harmonious ecstatic music on lots of instruments. What a difference!
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Whatever your instrument...
Whatever your skills...
Whatever your singing style...
You can put this information to use and become the musician or performer you really want to be!
You will be able to rock the world with this knowledge!
In addition to full disclosure of the ancient secrets of perfect harmony, more than eighty ancient scales are taught.
This is enough material for lifetimes of musical creativity!
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Secrets derived from Indian, Persian, Chinese and other ancient music traditions prove to be exactly the same!
Don't miss out on this opportunity to leap beyond the limitations of current Western musical songwriting and composition!
Author Cameron Powers has been studying and performing Arabic music since 1980.
The oud, his instrument, is a fretless lute which facilitates the production of microtonally intonated notes. With experience it becomes possible to utilize deep listening skills and perceive subtle variations in pitch and harmony.
As skill in deep listening progresses and performance skills also improve, one reaches a point of profound appreciation for the vast variety of modes or scales called "maqamat" which have been preserved in the indigenous Middle East.
Cameron's numerous trips through Egypt, Syria, Jordan, Iraq and Lebanon have enabled him to integrate his own identity with maqam music. It is this sense of having found the treasure of perfect harmony which drove Cameron to want to share. This, his second book about Arabic music, is the result.
Cameron regularly performs in restaurants and other venues in the Arab world where the local citizens have encouraged him to return again and again.
He has performed for 60,000 Egyptians in the Cairo stadium as part of a day-long fundraiser for a children's cancer hospital. He was the only non-Arab performer to be invited and sang on the same stage with Amr Diab and many others.
Cameron also sang Iraqi music on the streets of Baghdad in solidarity with Iraqi people in 2003.
He believes that there is much ancient wisdom related to perfect harmony which can not only help Westerners achieve more balanced and spiritually harmonious lifestyles but also lay a foundation for a future world peace.
The new book arrived with the 2 cds. This is perfect direct aural source material for a student like myself and is much easier to absorb than the examples you used in your first publication of arabic scales. I am able now to refer to the first book with a better understanding as regards listening to the musical examples given. Absolutely over the moon and feel I can now go forward in my studies. Many, many thanks Mr Cameron and these cds and book are now my number one reference source. -- Much love and respect from Keith Bray.
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."
Most of us have been brought up in the musical world with equal temperament in our musical scales. However,equal temperament is an approximation of convenience from the more pure sounding of just intonation. Cameron explains all of this very nicely. -- Nohj Oknorp
Already your book has opened my mind to a totally different way of listening to intervals and harmonic relationships... Hats off to you Mr Powers for guiding me towards a better understanding of middle eastern music and music in general. I'll need a few more lifetimes to get anywhere near it but its worth the trying.
It's not that easy to retrain the ear having been constrained for so long to the western system of tuning. As a classically trained musician and piano being my first instrument that's hardly surprising. Luckily I'd also been trained in the cello and even from a young age became aware of tuning problems... ...When any instrument is truly in tune it resonates not only within itself but also the player. Something most music academies fail to teach.
-- Best regards from Keith
This is what I've felt for so long - some music just really irritates me & I can't listen to it - at least not for long - but other music is great! Now I know more concretely, why. Thank you for being who you are and sharing your work with us all!
I wanted to thank you again for the books…it's really mind boggling all of the knowledge you have gathered.
thanks for sharing it with us.
I am also really enjoying the short melodies, and explanations of the rhythms
etc, really helps!
its' amazing to think that the just intonation can have an impact on the psyche!!
but it makes sense,………….in the past two years,
i have been going thru a challenging time,
and the only realy solace ive had is playing oud or saz.
perhaps it is the ancient melodies and intervals that is helping…….
thanks again for everything,
Hey Cameron, I just read Harmonic Secrets of Arabic Music Scales (cover to cover) and I must say thank you for a great read. Fun, informative, lots of great charts. A wonderful addition to my library. Well done!
Thanks, man, These maqams are amazing. Played them all afternoon while I painted Haida designs on my boat cabin wall. There's a certain quality to them that reminds me of classical Spanish guitar, and if you recall that the Moors conquered Spain, maybe they brought this quality with them. Maybe this classical Arabic music is the father of all madrigals. Very soothing to the soul. I just sat there on the port deck letting the paintbrush move back and forth with the melodies. Truly a princely gift.