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Tudor Stringed Musical Instruments

  • Interesting Facts and information about Tudor Stringed Musical Instruments
  • List of Tudor Stringed musical instruments
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Tudor Stringed Musical Instruments

Tudor Stringed Musical Instruments
Renaissance musical instruments were used in various combinations which provided the Tudors with the opportunity to create unusual and creative music, a forerunner to the modern orchestra. Their collection of stringed musical instruments included those from from the Medieval period together with those which emerged during the period of the Tudors. There were many Stringed Musical Instruments. Stringed instruments were played by being either plucked or bowed.

List of Stringed Musical Instruments
The following list of stringed instruments is not exhaustive but contains the majority of this category of sixteenth century musical Instruments:

  • The Harp - The harp was about 30 inches in length - An upright triangular musical instrument consisting of a triangular frame containing a series of graduated vertical strings
  • The Fiddle - The Fiddle was played with a bow, or plucked, and usually held under the chin or in the crook of the arm. The fiddle was one of the most popular street instrument as it was easily carried
  • The Rebec - The rebec was a  instrument with a round pear-shaped body ( an early violin )
  • The Psaltery - The Psaltery was a cross between a harp and a guitar
  • The Dulcimer - The Dulcimer is sound box with strings stretched across it and was played by striking the strings with two wooden hammers
  • The Hurdy-gurdy - the hurdy-gurdy was a type of barrel organ which was introduced in the 12th century - the bow was replaced by strings attached to a wheel which was cranked by a handle. Music was made by rotation of a cylinder studded with pegs. The Hurdy-gurdy was an extremely popular form of street music during the era of the Tudors
  • The Viol - Viols were played with a bow and initially held on the lap or between the legs
  • Viola da Gamba -  Italian term for "viol of the leg" played with a bow and held between the legs
  • The Lute - The lute is similar to a guitar, with six to thirteen strings. The player of a lute is called a lutenist. The lute was strongly favored by courtiers
  • Chittarone - a lute which could reach 6 feet tall
  • Cittern or Gittern - Similar to a modern guitar or the bouzouki

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Tudor Stringed Musical Instruments

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Tudor Stringed Musical Instruments

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