Name: Laud.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Country: Many, Spain.
Region: Iberian Peninsula & Western Europe.

Description: Laúd [in Spanish: “lute”] is a plucked lute, that is played with a plectrum / pick. It is a chordophone from Spain, played also in diaspora countries such as Cuba and the Philippines. Belonging to the cittern family of instruments. The Spanish and Cuban instruments have six double courses in unison [twelve strings in pairs]. The Philippine instrument has 14 strings with some courses singled or tripled. A similar, but smaller instrument, with a shorter neck, is the bandurria, which also exists in 12 and 14-string versions.

Laud Tunings
Spanish G# C# F# B E A
Cuban C# F# B E A D
Cuban D F# B E A D
Filipino F# B E A D G


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