Nay – Mohamed Askari
Nay Lessons

The Nay lessons with Mohamed Askari are suitable for beginners and advanced players.


Breathing is a very important aspect for all musicians who play wind instruments. Therefore, attention is paid to conscious and correct breathing.
Making the right sound is usually the biggest challenge for beginners. With patience, effective guidance and tips, the participant will experience a certain sense of achievement over time. Making the right sound also involves the correct position of the flute on the lips, i.e. finding the right angle for the embouchure.
In addition, the basis of Arabic music theory (including the maqam tone system of Arabic music) will be taught. Knowledge of musical notation is not required in this course.
Intermediate and advanced students will pay more attention to taksim (Arabic improvisation), tone design and ornamentation.


For beginners: playing a simple, self-invented or imitated melody.
Intermediate and advanced students present 2-3 Samai. Performance of a short taksim in a maqam of your choice with modulation.

Learn more about the instrument

The Nay is one of the oldest musical instruments. Already 4000 years ago the Nay was played by the ancient Egyptians. The instrument is made of reed. A Nay set consists of 6 flutes, each flute has 6 holes in front and one hole in the back for the thumb. The lowest flute is tuned in the keynote C and the highest begins with the keynote A. The flutes are named after the Arabic-Persian scale. In musical practice, the flutes are usually tuned to the keynote D, G or A.

“Rhythm is the lifeblood of music. Every person has rhythmic potential”.

Mohamed Askari

German, English, Arabic

Origin of the instrument
Central Asia, Middle East, Arab region

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