An in-depth instruction manual for the Arabic Oud, the ancestor of the Lute and Guitar. A companion instructional online video is included showing key points to playing the Oud. Contents include: Holding the Oud, Plucking the Strings, Basic Plucking Rules in Arabic Tradition, Positions of Left Hand Fingers, Basic Notes on the Oud, Advanced Left-Hand Techniques, Maqamat, and much more. Over 40 tunes are included in the book. Standard notation only.