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A guitarlike instrument of the Spanish Renaissance having ten to twelve strings, tuned like a lute.

[Spanish, from Old Spanish, viol, vihuela, ultimately from Old Provençal viola, viol; see viola1.]


(Spanish biˈwela)
(Instruments) an obsolete plucked stringed instrument of Spain, related to the guitar
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A Junior Library Guild selection, Finding the Music / En pos de la musica is a bilingual English/Spanish picturebook about Reyna, a young girl who accidentally damages the old vihuela (a small guitar-like instrument) that belonged to her abuelito [grandfather] when he was in a mariachi band.
Instruction focuses on the core of the traditional musical instruments of the mariachi ensemble: Guitarron, Vihuela, Guitar, Harp, Violin, Trumpet and Voice.
The US band included nine artists who with help of traditional instruments including violin, trumpet, guitarron (bass), vihuela (five string guitar) and guitar perform on stage created unique presentation.
For a list with several thousand prints and manuscripts for five-course guitar, as well as related plucked string instruments, see the review author's web pages: Music for the Lute, Guitar, and Vihuela (1470-1799) at http://applications.
In an English revision of her "David und Saul: Uber die trostende Wirkung der Musik (Basler Jahrbuch fur Historische Musikpraxis 20 [1996]: 139-62), Hoffmann-Axthelm summarizes the commonplace or string music's power as "a sonorous antidepressant" to console melancholia, from its biblical roots in David's temporarily soothing the depressed King Saul by playing his kinnor (cithara), through layers of applied symbolism by Christian writers, reversals by Renaissance humanists to an conceptions of music's healing qualities, the "Cifras para harpa y organo" with an annotated King David woodcut ending Alsonso Mudarra's Tres libros de musica en cifras para vihuela (Seville: Juan de Leo, 1546), the account of David's curing Saul with his music in Johann.
One nuba began with the pensive self-absorption of the vihuela, a guitar-shaped instrument from 15th century Spain.
Finally, the vihuela, considered by many to be the mother of the guitar, came around in the 15th century.
First, however, we're treated to the full Mariachi El Bronx experience, complete with vihuela and guitarron.
Yet the music is equally faithful, with tracks like Cell Mates and My Brother The Gun all using a blend of trumpet, violin, guitarron and vihuela.
Among other things, students learned how to develop their vocal skills and improve their playing of traditional mariachi instruments like the trumpet, violin, guitarron and vihuela.
A basic mariachi band has three violins, two trumpets, a guitar and two uniquely Mexican instruments that resemble a guitar -- the vihuela and the guitarron.
Catherine is accompanied by early music expert David Miller who plays the vihuela (an early guitar) and Led Zeppelin's favourite oud virtuoso the Lebanese Abdul Salam Kheir.