Bait Al Oud is not only a place of Oud teaching, but also a place of Oud making. Ouds made in Bait Al Oud are designed to help musicians play the most difficult techniques, and meet the development of modern methods of playing that have emerged in recent decades. One of the most important features that distinguish the Ouds made in Bait Al Oud is the accuracy of sizes as assembled by Naseer Shamma. These Ouds are perfect instruments that are easy to handle and fix.
• Full length of the instrument is 67cm, the width is 36cm; the length of the arm is 19cm with a width of 4cm near the keys end and 6cm near the sound box. The total length of the chord is 57cm.
• The instrument is characterised by tight tuning of the Banjaq, with the Nanjaq carved on a piece of wood. This is the first time that Ouds are made using a carving technique. This method has proved to give longer life and durability. The best keys are made of Abanos, a durable wood, which helps to control the precise tightness of the chord and to tune the highest tones, thereby giving more accuracy.
• The instrument is characterised by the quality of its sound. The best type of cider wood is used to manufacture the Ouds after numerous examinations for the best way to divide the sound pitches within the instrument. This method gives a distinctive sound in Oud strings especially for high tones and base.
• The instrument is characterised by its pure sound that is free of any humming.
ABOUT OUD MAKER AMR FAWZI
Amr Fawzi was born in 1973 and grew up in Cairo (Egypt), where he obtained a diploma in commerce in 1993. He studied Oud playing at the Institute of Arabic Music in Cairo, but then moved to sculpture. He has worked in the field of artefacts, antiques and wooden art objects. During his studies at Bait Al Oud, he gained information about the nature of the instrument and the types of wood it is made of. He met Naseer Shamma in the year 2000 and began to learn from him the theory and practice of the Oud industry. He completed his studies in 2002 and graduated from Bait Al Oud in Cairo with honours. He became one of the most important lecturers, teaching Oud making and history at Bait Al Oud. Since graduating, he has built more than 198 Ouds. He has been working for two years as a master in charge of the Bait Al Oud workshop in Abu Dhabi.