TURKISH UD LESSONS
Ud Performance, Makam Theory, and Music History
1-HOUR ONLINE LESSON
Learn how to perform masterworks of the Turkish classical repertoire with correct intonation and ornamentation. Cover simple to advanced techniques for the plectrum (mızrap) and fingerboard. Learn the importance of hammering (çarpma) to the Turkish musical aesthetic. Discover the Turkish makam system and learn how to improvise. Meets once per week, four weeks at a time via Zoom or Skype.
1/2-HOUR ONLINE LESSON
Understand the basics of ud through study of simple repertoire. Learn how to play with proper intonation. Includes a primer on the characteristic melodies that make up the various modes of the makam system. Learn basic ornamentation, including how to hold the plectrum (mızrap) and ornament using hammering (çarpma). Meets once per week, four weeks at a time via Zoom or Skype.
ADEM MERTER BIRSON
Adem Merter Birson holds a Ph.D. in Musicology from Cornell University (2015). Dr. Birson has studied the Turkish ud with the greatest masters in Turkey, including Yurdal Tokcan, Necati Çelik, and Alper Karaağaçlı. He is currently Adjunct Assistant Professor of music theory at Hofstra University, in Long Island, New York.