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Mandola Information and FAQs



DEFINITION


Italian lute, now popular with celtic musicians. Originally bowl backed, now often has a flat back like a cittern and 8 strings.

INTRODUCTION


The Mandola (the big brother of the Mandolin), has 8 strings in 4 pairs, tuned in 5ths. The Mandola retains the high-tension stringing but allows lower parts to be played. The Tenor Mandola (or Mandola) is tuned as a Viola, CGDA, one fifth below a mandolin. Octave Mandolas (also known as Octave Mandolins in America) are popular because of their suitability for Acoustic and Celtic music, being tuned GDAE, an octave below a Mandolin. Because the Octave Mandola neck is shorter than a Bouzouki it is easier to finger, but the strings are heavier.

SOME TYPES OF MANDOLA


Mandocello

Mandocello

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Definition: Large mandola tuned CGDA one octave below normal.
Introduction: Mandocello and Mandobass

The Mandocello is tuned CGDA one octave below the Mandola (however most of them will stand being tuned in GDAE like a bouzouki, using lighter strings). The Mando Bass is a rare beast, but the examples we have had have been tuned the same as a String Bass EADG

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KORA

   
Definition: west African harp lute, popular in Gambia and Senegal. It has a skin stretched across a large gourd, a wooden neck and gut or nylon fishwire strings stretched across a tall bridge. Played somewhat like a harp.
Read the full Harps FAQ Page.