I’ve spent half of my life with a piano in my room. Well, I have to admit that I’ve dropped music school after just two years (it should have been six and then another three), but… the music was always coming back to me like a boomerang. I thought that I can do everything with it and that it’s a complete tool to express feelings. Miss!
The Eastern music developed something a way more complex than the Western one – someone just came up with something different, someone else worked on that and here you are! I decided to explore the topic and try to find something which would surprise me. Sometimes I see that the Western world tend to perceive the Middle East in black and white colours but the more I try to understand it, the more fascinated I am!
One beautiful day after having borrowed oud (lute) from my friend and I visited my favourite teacher which is… Youtube. And I’ve learned to play two scales on oud.
The Eastern music is a total revolution for my mind. Fish also lives in the world but it would never guess that the w o r l d isn’t just the water. It thinks that the water is everything. Would it imagine that it’s possible to walk and not just swim and that it’s possible to breathe with lungs and eat food which grows from soil?
My point is that until you discover music of the East, you will believe that everything is possible in “our” music. But well, I have to tell – it’s not. Someone can admit after listening to few songs on a hotel beach in Tunisia that “they sound kind of… oriental” – and can live witout trying to understand w h y they sound oriental. But if you try to take pains to absorb this music revolution, you may come to conlusion, that actually our music is “flat” and simple. Yes, I know – we also have our great compositions. But that’s not all.
So you can try to compare a mouth organ and a piano and convince quickly that the mouth organ is limited to just one scale – ex. C major. Then you will see a big piano and think that everything is possible on it. All the t w o scales (minor and major) in all keys with the semitones.
Surprise! Those two scales are not the only possibilities. Here there are… seven (basic ones). The great piano is also limited. You can only play tones and semitones on it. Here there are also… quarter tones. Possible to play on above mentioned oud. Or violin.
That was like a new door opened in my mind. I’m like a fish which discovered that there is something besides the water! Maybe one day I will be able to recognise the scales with a miraculous way by simply listening to the melody of a song. I’ve been always told that I have an ear for music… This time the challenge is much greater!
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