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Elizabethan Stringed Instruments

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Elizabethan Music - Elizabethan Stringed Instruments

The collection of Elizabethan stringed instruments included the musical instruments from the Medieval period together with the musical instruments which emerged during the Elizabethan era. There were many Stringed Elizabethan Musical Instruments.

String instruments were either plucked or bowed. The following list of Elizabethan stringed instruments is not exhaustive but contains the majority of this category of Instruments:

  • The Harp - The harp was about 30 inches in length
  • The Fiddle - Fiddles were played with a bow or plucked and usually held under the chin or in the crook of the arm. One of the most popular street musical instruments
  • The Rebec - The rebec was a musical instrument with a round pear-shaped body ( an early violin)
  • The Psaltery - The Psaltery was a cross between a harp and a guitar
  • The Dulcimer - The Dulcimer was played by striking the strings with hammers
  • The Hurdy-gurdy - the hurdy-gurdy was introduced in the 12th century - the bow was replaced by strings attached to a wheel which was cranked by a handle - extremely popular form of Street music
  • The Viol - Viols were played with a bow and initially held on the lap or between the legs
  • Viola da Gamba -  Italian term for "viol of the leg" played with a bow and held between the legs
  • The Lute - Favored by the Elizabethan courtiers
  • Chittarone - a lute which could reach 6 feet tall
  • Cittern or Gittern - Similar to a modern guitar
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Elizabethan Percussion Instruments
Elizabethan Keyboard Instruments
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