Viola Amarantina

Name: Viola Amarantina.
Type: Lute > Chordophones.
Hornbostel Sachs No#: 321.322.6
Tuning: D A B E A
Country: Amarante, Northern Portugal & Capo Verde.
Region: Iberian Peninsula & Western Europe.

Description: The viola amarantina is a stringed musical instrument from Amarante, Northern Portugal. It is also named viola de dois corações (two-hearted guitar) because of the two heart-shaped frontal openings. It has 10 strings in 5 courses. It is tuned D3 D2 / A3 A2 / B3 B2 / E3 E3 / A3 A3. The viola amarantina is also sometimes played in Cabo Verde.

Construction: The viola amarantina are traditionally constructed from walnut for the sides, pine for the soundboard and the neck in mahogany.

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