Arabic names of notes

The following table gives the (transliterated) Arabic names for the 48 notes created by dividing the octave into quarter-tones. Some of these notes occur far more often in practice than others. You should bear in mind that the oud sounds an octave lower than it is written, so that rast is written as middle C it is actually played as the C below middle C. You may find it interesting to compare the similarities between the Arabic and Turkish names.

 

 


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