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Watch the Lebanese Warrior: 1 online guitar lesson by Tony Smotherman from World Rock Guitar

The sound of the Oud—a 12 stringed, fretless, pear-shaped instrument similar in appearance to the lute—is synonymous with belly dancers and the Middle East. You can achieve some Oud type effects on the guitar by picking near the bridge of your guitar, utilizing tremolo picking and playing some variants of the Arabic scale, such as the harmonic minor (a scale common in this part of the world). The music of the Middle East is often driven by drums such as the Derbeke.