Maqam Practice Tracks

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21 Different Arabic Music Modes

Available on CD's or Through Download

Additional Track: Modulation Practice Included
A total of 22 Tracks: Six Hours of Practice Material

Perfect Harmony of Just Intonation

** Beyond Quartertones **

We return to the true ancient roots of Perfect Harmony

Explanation on Video

Arabic Musical Scales and most other maqam teaching systems
rely on the "quartertone" concept for determining pitches
of notes in various maqam intervals.
These teachings are a great start,
but quartertones do not take us to the heart of the matter.
We must return to the laws of physics
which determine the harmonic roots
of all ancient indigenous music systems...
These musical laws of harmony are called "just intonation."

 

How Can I Visualize and Understand the Physics
of "Just Intonation" and "Perfect Harmony?"

Check out these Harmonograph Images Below:

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Perfect Harmony
Still Used in Egypt
Justly
Intonated
Major 6th

 

Image on the Left

Harmonographic images show the symmetrical sound waves of Justly Intonated intervals

 

Image on the Right

Harmonographic images show the out-of-tune interference patterns from sound waves created by Equal Tempered intervals.

See More
Harmonograph
Images Here

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Out-of-Tune
Musical Intervals
Used in Western Music
Equal
Tempered
Major 6th
If you already purchased
one of my books:

Arabic Musical Scales
or
Harmonic Secrets
of Arabic Music

...or if you have approached from some other direction
and are learning to play Arabic music
with its fascinating and beautiful maqam system,
then you are already trying to find the musical intervals
on your instrument or with your voice...
I have designed this series
of 15 minute tracks
to try and help you...

 

Listen to a short 20-second Sample Track:
Turn Up Your Volume So You Can Hear Sound Quality

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D Hijaz Gharib
Short Maqam Practice Sample
Each Practice Track Moves Slowly
Through Musical Phrases
-- Sometimes with Rhythm and Sometimes without --
So the Student has Plenty of Time to Practice by Playing Along
with any Instrument of Choice
-- Great for Singers Too --
Each Track is Actually 15 Minutes Long!

 

 

Arab Musicians Insist
on These Intriguing Musical Facts:

"I’ve identified at least 12 notes between my lowest e-flat
and my highest e-natural."
- Sami Shumays, Arab Violinist

 
In order to play the microtonal pitches accurately
we must learn to hear and produce
the justly intonated pitches.

That is what these teachings are about.

Cameron Powers has spent 35 years studying,
performing and finally understanding
one of the underlying truths
about the beauty of Arabic music...
Take advantage of all that work...
Price for All 6 CD's: $119
 
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These 22 Practice Tracks are unique...

There are no other teaching tools on the market
which offer these traditional and beautiful music scales
recorded in the perfect harmonic intervals
which actually preserve ancient musical wisdom
and are in accord with the laws of physics...

Suppose you hear an amazing piece
of Middle Eastern music...

...like this Azerbaijani oboe improvisation in maqam sikah...

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After you study these Maqam Practice Tracks
you will be able to listen to a maqam-structured recording
from Central and South Asia and the Middle East
and know how to play it yourself!

Azerbaijanis call this musical genre as «mugam»,
Turks and Arabians as «makam»,
Persians as «destgah»,
Indians as «paga»,
Tadjiks and Uzbeks as «makom»,
Turkmens and Uygurs as «mukam»,
the Japanese as «gaganu»,
Indonesians as «patet»,
the Kazakhs as «kuy»,
the Kirghiz as «ky»,
Pakistani as «khayyal».

 

Each CD lasts One Hour

Each CD contains 4 different maqam tracks

Each maqam practice track lasts 15 minutes

An additional track on the 6th CD illustrates
the art of modulating from one related maqam to another

Price for All 6 CD's: $119

 

Demonstration on Video

How to use your instrument or your voice
with these recorded teaching tracks...

To learn the common musical phrases in the maqams
we must learn the traditional Arabic repertoire.

But all music students who approach Arabic music
are faced with the same problem:
"What are the correct pitches for the notes in the different maqams?"

That is what these Maqam Teaching Tracks
are designed to help you with!

Price for All 6 CD's: $119

 

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Western Music Problem Number One:

The Amazing Musical Cage in which we are Trapped
by having only 12 notes per octave...

"Imagine all artists are told by the art industry
that 12 standard colors are enough for their art,
and there is never a need to tint or shade or mix colors.

Practically speaking, this is the situation
which exists in the music world today.
12 equally spaced pitches per octave
are the default modern music industry standard,
but 12 pitches represent less than 5% of the pitches
that the average person is capable of responding to.

Research has proven that on average,
around 200 different pitches can be heard within one octave,
and like unique colors, they all have unique effects;
many more than 12 of them sound “good”;
in fact, they are all expressive and useful for art.
Imagine what kind of new music is possible
when all of the pitches are available…"
— Aaron Andrew Hunt
"Nobody dares tell a painter not to use this or that color.
There is no law ordering sculptors to use only marble under the chisel...
I dare to predict that when more tuning systems
are available to composers,
the contrast of moods will be a most powerful addition
to any composer's vocabulary."
— Ivor Darreg

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The photo on the left
uses a full pallet of colors for display,
whereas the one on the right
is allowed only 12 colors for display...

 

 

The 12-note scale imposes a huge limitation
on Western music,
but that's not the biggest problem...

Western Music Problem Number Two:

The Even More Limiting
Musical Cage in which we are Trapped
by Using the Western Musical Tuning Standard
known as "Equal Temperament"...

If you have reached the point
of being interested in these CD's,
you already know about the magic
of just intonation vs equal temperament...

Here is another quick explanation...

What is Perfect Harmony?

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Above we see two wavelengths from 2 different Notes 
in a music scale which are in Perfect Harmony.
There is a simple mathematical ratio, like 3 to 2,
which defines this Harmony.
You can see that the Harmonious notes nest together and
consequently sound GREAT together!

Listen!

Sample: Perfectly Harmonious Notes
Tuned According to Ancient Musical Intervals
In Just Intonation or Perfect Harmony

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We Would Like To Be Able
To Play Perfectly Harmonious Music,
But Unfortunately
Our Western Instruments
Are Tuned Like This:

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Here we see two wavelengths
from 2 different Notes in a Western Major Music Scale 
which are NOT in Perfect Harmony...


You can see that the notes do NOT nest together 
and consequently they don't sound harmonious 
to someone who has learned to listen carefully!

Listen!

Sample: Out-of-Tune Notes
Used in Equal Temperament
To Which We Have Become Accustomed
In Western Music

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Unfortunately, Western culture lost
its Harmonious Musical Tuning
about 150 years ago and
most European and American audiences
can no longer even hear the difference!

 

After you purchase, listen to, and play or sing along with
these electronically produced tracks
which present 21 different maqams...
...plus work with the additional 22nd track
which is an introduction to the art of modulating
from one scale to another...

Your musicianship
can take a quantum leap

You will know the secret
of bringing your audiences
into an ecstatic state!

 

 

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To See Actual Justly Intonated
Mathematical Ratios
Used in Each Maqam