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Celtic music on Viol
No I didn't leave off a letter or two, it's supposed to be 'Viol'
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Viol is a closely related but older branch of the same musical instrument families as the violin and viola.  Viols are a bit different in that they have frets (tied, like on a lute) and a lower bridge angle.  They date from before the violin/viola underwent some evolution as fretless instruments to get more power/brightness.  Most of them also are usually played in upright position, at least traditionally.

So if you ever wondered what would happen if a violin or viola had frets, you can get some idea from this.

The player, Jordi Savali, does quite a few genres very well, not just Celtic music.  But with St Patrick's day coming up and all, I thought I'd post this recording I ran across.

 

Interesting to hear an older cousin of the violin/viola, and how it sounds different in some ways and very similar in others.

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@DanielB That is so awesome.

Thanks for posting.

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Oh, and before anybody thinks that maybe the tied on frets would automatically make it easier, I should mention that viols usually have 6 or 7 strings.  It gives them a wider tonal range and since the fingerboard isn't much wider, it lends to more chording than is usually done on their fretless cello/viola/violin cousins.

"Oh, like a guitar?"  Well.. except that guitars back then usually still only had 4 strings.  LOL

Instruments evolve, and the conventions of how they are played and tuned come and go.  But the music and songs continue on through the changes in instrumental fashion. 

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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Very cool.  Just had to look up the tune - Gusty's Frolics!!  

Thank you for posting @DanielB

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"Viol", AKA, "Viola Da Gamba" 

Not sure if this photo will appear here. I took it at my luthier's shop some time ago.

nope, I I can't copy and paste, there is no URL, so here's a pic of one identical to it.

GambeUilderks.pngWhile I was in Mark's shop, he was tyeing / replacing some of the frets around the neck.

Interesting instrument it is.

 

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