The renaissance vihuela guitar in sixteenth century spain book mel bay publications inc mel bay scholarly editions which serve different purposes than performance editions are not often designed with the modern guitarist in mind for instance renaissance vihuela tablatures are usually transcribed with the open first string as g not e. Early history of the vihuela there are two different guitar like string instruments for whom the name vihuela is used the 19th century mexican vihuela which has 5 strings and is typically played with mariachi bands and the instrument relevant to this article the 15th and 16th century spanish instrument that usually featured 12 paired strings a popular plucked instrument in the renaissance . The renaissance vihuela and guitar in 16th century spain by frank koonce 9780786678228 available at book depository with free delivery worldwide. In the middle of the 16th century influences from the vihuela and the renaissance guitar were combined and the baroque five string guitar appeared in spain the baroque guitar quickly superseded the vihuela in popularity in spain france and italy and italian players and composers became prominent in the late 18th century the six string
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