Oud Course              

Baha Yetkin
ud course

Course Dates: Saturday, 13th April – 15th June*

*Please note that on 20th April and 11th May there will be no class.

The 8-week course introduces you to the ’Turkish Style Oud’ – one of the main instruments of Ottoman/Turkish Classical Music on Saturdays. Classes will take place once a week at 2-4pm for Beginners and 4:30-6:30 pm for Intermediates.

This is a practical introduction to the Turkish side of Oud playing and provides participants with a step-by-step guide to play and read Ottoman/Turkish Classical Music by using the Oud. 

Course Features

  • Max Students15
  • Duration8 week
  • Skill levelall
  • LanguageEnglish
  • Oud Course Beginner Curriculum

    The course will be containing: basic music theory, reading notes (solfeggio), basic rhythms (up to 10 times), common makams (theory and practice) and their specific intonations and technique exercises. Those will be given by the instructor, as suitable of the levels. You will be encouraged to explore and experiment with the relevant repertoire, practice with the teacher to learn those pesrevs, saz semais or songs as the tradition “Meşk”. The course is open to people of all abilities and backgrounds including those who have an interest in playing oud. Oud tuning will be done using Turkish tuning (bottom to top; D, A, E, B, F#, C#)

  • Oud Course Intermediate Curriculum


Baha Yetkin
Baha Yetkin

Turkish oud artist and composer Baha Yetkin grew up in Istanbul, the meeting point of two continents, and the prolific melting pot of European and Middle Eastern musical cultures. So, not very surprisingly, he was able to shape a very unique artistic style which embraced both Istanbul music and Middle Eastern music; which in return, paved the way for fruitful collaborations with Turkish and European masters of music like Mustafa Keser, İnci Çayırlı, Melihat Gülses, Petros Klampanis, Michalis Kouloumis and Çiğdem Aslan.

Yetkin also garnered attention as the first ever Turkish oud artist to be invited to play flamenco in Spain and to give a solo recital at Royal Albert Hall. Furthermore, these milestone events were preceded and followed by performances at prominent concert venues in Turkey and Europe, such as Cemal Reşit Rey Concert Hall, Lütfi Kırdar Meeting and Performance Hall and Zorlu Performing Arts Center in Istanbul; Gongora Theatre in Cordoba; and Vortex Jazz Club and Green Note in London. He also performed in festivals like Alamar World Music Fest in Almeria, Yeldeğirmeni Spring Jazz Festival in Istanbul and Rebetiko Carnaval in London.

Now based in London, Baha Yetkin builds up his performances with his meticulously written compositions which are an amalgamation of out-of-the-box improvisational thinking based on Istanbul music, complex rhythmic structures of Middle Eastern music, emotional dynamics, meditation, spirituality and wisdom.

His debut album "The Pearl" was released on 24th March 2019, on all digital platforms. He continues performing in the UK, Europe and Turkey as well as teaching and sharing his knowledge, experience, and technique with Turkish and non-Turkish students in several places in London.

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