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

Description: The 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 laud has a short neck and 12 to 14 strings with some courses singled or tripled.

Laud Tunings
Name 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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