Vihuela Mexicano

Name: Vihuela Mexicano.
Type: Chordophones > Composites > Lutes > Guitarillos.
Hornbostel-Sachs No#: 321.221.6
Tuning: A D G B E the A D G are an octave above guitar.
Country: Mexico.
Region: Central America.

Description: The Vihuela Mexicano shares the same name as the vihuela de mano. They are not related musical instruments. As a lute having a vaulted or convex back. The Vihuela Mexicano has more in common with with the Timple Canario of the Canary Islands.

Tuning: The gauge of the strings and the order in which they are applied is important to the over all sound of the instrument. When played this allows for oscillation between the A D G strings being an octave higher than the tenor pitched B / E strings. The strumming technique applied to the Vihuela Mexicano is called “mánico” a reference to the strumming and rhythmic patterns played on the Vihuela Mexicano.

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