Viola braguesa

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Viola braguesa
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String instrument

String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Developed Braga, north-western Portugal
Related instruments

Viola caipira, Viola beiroa, Viola campaniça, Viola da terra, Viola de arame, Viola sertaneja, Viola terceira, Viola toeira, Viola amarantina.

Viola braguesa is a stringed instrument from Braga, north-western Portugal. It has 10 strings in 5 courses. The strings are made of steel. It is tuned C4/C3–G4/G3–A4/A3–D4/D4–G4/G4. The scale length is about 500 mm (20 inches).


Many Portuguese violas (pt), such as the Viola braguesa, have smaller requinto versions also, called 'requinta'. The viola braguesa requinta is tuned: A4/A3–C5/C4–F5/F4–C5/C5–E5/E5. This tuning is a fifth above the standard Viola braguesa.[1]

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