Viola braguesa

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Viola braguesa
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String instrument
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Developed Braga, north-western Portugal
Related instruments
Viola caipira, Viola beiroa, Viola campaniça, Viola da terra, Viola de arame, Viola sertaneja, Viola terceira, Viola toeira, Viola amarantina.

Viola braguesa is a stringed instrument from Braga, north-western Portugal. It has 10 strings in 5 courses. The strings are made of steel. It is tuned C4/C3–G4/G3–A4/A3–D4/D4–G4/G4. The scale length is about 500 mm (20 inches).

Requinta[edit]

Many Portuguese violas (pt), such as the Viola braguesa, have smaller requinto versions also, called 'requinta'. The viola braguesa requinta is tuned: A4/A3–C5/C4–F5/F4–C5/C5–E5/E5. This tuning is a fifth above the standard Viola braguesa.[1]

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