Iranian Musical lessons

DASTGÂH e MÁHUR (part 01)

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Now it’s time analyze each DASTGÂH one by one and I’d like to start with DASTGÂH e MÂHUR because in it’s main Guše (DARÂMAD)*, it sounds like the Major Scale and there are no quarter steps in it’s first few Gušes! 1- DARÂMAD : In pre-islam era, there was a MAQÂM** called RÁST*** which is very much similar to […]

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Iranian Music Theory 03

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Ok! Let’s talk about Quarter Steps. A Quarter Step is a half of a half step! But we don’t use them as independent intervals and still, the half step is the smallest usable interval in Iranian classical music. But adding a quarter step to a half step, makes a 3/4 step which makes it one […]

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Iranian Music Theory 02

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RADI:F is a series of written melodies that teachers were using to educate their students (each teacher had his own RADI:F), and the whole RADI:F includes 7 DASTGÂHs (something like scales in western music) and 5 ÂVÂZes (consider them as modes of the western music scales). But as I mentioned before, there are no SCALES […]

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Iranian Music Theory 01

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OK! First things first! Let’ start with a little bit of theory. There are no SCALES in Iranian classical music, and if you try to see it that way, you’ll find nothing but confusion and unanswered questions. So what should we use instead of scales? The answer is : TETRACHORDS And you may ask that […]

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My musical journey

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1- Iranian traditional (classical) has always been a mysterious realm for me! As a guitar player, it gets even worse! But recently it seems that I have finally found the key to enter this terriory and hopefully come out safe from the other side!(if there is an other side). So from now on, I’m going […]