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    Default Arab vs Western Music

    I am not a Musician, but I can hear.

    From what I have read, Arab music has a more complicated scale than Western Music. It is proportionately harder to play.

    When I hear Arab tunes, I hear motiffs that I find amazing. Is that because you use quarter tones not usually found in Western music?

    Or am I reading in a complexity that is not there.

    I am not going to say that I find it as catchy as Western Music.

    That is because I am a Westerner. Western Music plays upon repetition. I am told non-Westerners used to find that boring. That may have changed with the radio and saturation of Western media.

    But I have heard stories that in the past, non-Westerners were not impressed with the repition of stanza and chorus which is so common in Western Music. The found it simplistic.

    It is catchy to me, but I was raised in it.
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    Strictly speaking there is no such thing as 'Arab' Music.
    It would be Haram to sing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shreek View Post
    Strictly speaking there is no such thing as 'Arab' Music.
    It would be Haram to sing.
    That is a religious thing for some, not all Arabs have the same religion-- ask Stormy T.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kanaan View Post
    That is a religious thing for some, not all Arabs have the same religion-- ask Stormy T.
    I said Arab music, not Muslim music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CuriousAmerican View Post
    I said Arab music, not Muslim music.
    My response was in reply to shreek.

    I myself love the sound of the Oud.

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    I like the music it's exotic and for a first time listener as a kid from the suburbs walking around the Casbah of Tangiers it was pretty cool.
    Of course to fully appreciate the music the atmosphere must be there then you get the one says the full monty.


    Who would claim to be that, who was not.

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    I don't know Curious but this sounds complicated enough for me lol which I like anyhow:



    But when I want to get dat oriental touch I listen to Sufi music like this one:



    However when I want to blast off into space; slow, patient and under the influence I'd go for this very bery comblicated one:



    and just so no one would say: hey get yourself some real music and listen to Beethoven, This is my favorite:



    River to Sea

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