The Vihuela

In 15th- to 16th-century in Spain and Italy, the vihuela initiated the beginning of the development towards the modern classical guitar. At its mature stages of development, it became more distinctly guitar-shaped and used six double-strings (also called courses).

Differing methods of playing emerged alongside the Vihuela.  Five or six courses would be played with fingers, (Vihuela de mano), with a plectrum (Vihuela de penola), and with a bow (Vihuela de arco).

Temple Anthropology Laboratory and Museum 

Gladfelter Hall- Lower Level, Temple University

1115 Polett Walk, Philadelphia, PA 19122

anthlab@temple.edu

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