The Vihuela

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The Vihuela

  1. 1.  Most popular instrument all over the Iberian Peninsula during 16th century  Lower importance in the Italian Peninsula  Greatest splendor on the Spanish Court  It was only encouraged along the Iberian Peninsula
  2. 2. Vihuela Lute
  3. 3.  Vihuela has a similar form to the guitar.  It is made of wood and it has a handle with a​​ variable number of frets, usually ten strings.  It has a small cross bar to attach strings to the vihuela, it is called “cordal”.
  4. 4.  It has a sound box, with one or more holes in the lid  The box has straight side walls (riscle) and a flat bottom or a little bit corrugated
  5. 5.  The tuning of the strings is Sol-Fa-La-Do- Re-Sol.  According to the illustrations preserved, it seems that there were a lot of variability with the instrument forms and sizes .
  6. 6.  The music written for vihuela was vocal music written in tablatures or arrangements, vocal pieces with vihuela, and dance and instrumental pieces.  Vihuela ‘s repertoire is similar to the lute’s. They have the same tuning so we can play the same piece with the two instruments.
  7. 7. High note string Low note string Figures: each figure refers to the fingered notes in the tablature Fingering for the left hand (open strings) Fingering for the right hand (2nd Fret) 3 String (F#)
  8. 8. A tablature transcription by Luís de Milán, XVI Century
  9. 9. Transcripció d’una tabulatura de Lluís Milà (segle XVI)
  10. 10. Video

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