Viola de arame

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Viola de arame
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String instrument
Other names Viola da Madeira
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Developed Madeira
Related instruments
Viola caipira, Viola beiroa, Viola braguesa, Viola campanica, Viola da terra, Viola sertaneja, Viola terceira, Viola toeira, Viola amarantina.

The Viola de arame is a stringed musical instrument from the Portuguese island of Madeira. It has 9 strings in 5 courses. The strings are made of steel.


It is tuned G3 G2, D3 D2, G3 G3, B3, D3 D3.

The two lowest courses are tuned in octaves. The three higher ones are tuned in unison. However, the 2nd highest course is a single string instead of a pair like the rest.

The scale length is about 560mm.