Giga (instrument)

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The giga was a type of bowed lyre, it was very popular especially in Norway, but also common to find in England, Iceland and Denmark.[1] It is considered to be extinct; however there are some interesting reconstruction projects. The name does not originate from Latin, but rather derives from an old Viking word that meaning for "to vibrate", "to move in a fast way": this term is also the origin for the name of the dance called Jig that is very common in Northern Europe, especially in the British isles.[citation needed]


  • Otto Emanuel Andersson. The Shetland Gue, the Welsh Crwth, and the Northern Bowed Harp. Offprint from the Budkavlen 1954, nos. 1–4. Åbo: s.n., 1956 [2]


  1. ^ Otto Emanuel Andersson. The bowed-harp: a study in the history of early musical instruments. AMS Press, 1973. ISBN 0-404-56503-4, ISBN 978-0-404-56503-9. Pg 258.[1]