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Description of the Lute
Definition and description of the
Lute: The Lute can be described as a plucked instrument having a
pear-shaped body, a usually bent neck, and a fretted fingerboard.
Description: A stringed instrument formerly much in use. It consists of
four parts, namely, the table or front, the body, having nine or ten
ribs or ``sides,'' arranged like the divisions of a melon, the neck,
which has nine or ten frets or divisions, and the head, or cross, in
which the screws for tuning are inserted. The strings are struck with
the right hand, and with the left the stops are pressed. Melodically the
instrument had little power, although its tone was gentle and sweet.
Family of Instruments: The
Lute belongs to the family of String instruments.
Medieval Musical Instruments
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Lute, would be used by the musicians
of the period including the Waits,
Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and
percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas
referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume,
not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which
included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other
plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments
(literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were
suitable for outdoors which included the shawm,
sackbut, pipe and tabor. Read the above history, facts and information about the Lute.
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