Octavina

Name: Octavina.
Type: Lute > Chordophone.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Tuning: F# B E A D G.
Country: Philippines.
Region: South East Asia.

Description: The octavina is a 14-stringed flat backed instrument originally from Spain. Although the precursor instrument was thought to have a similar body and strings order. During the 16th to the 19th century. Many traditional Spanish instruments became incorporated into the local music scene. The octavina is tuned the same as the bandurria although an octave lower. The Octavina’s closest relatives are the bandurria, laud and mandolin.

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