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viola caipira

Page history last edited by Andrew Alder 11 years, 11 months ago

The viola caipira is a Portuguese folk intrument with ten strings in five courses, popular in Brazil. It appears to be a small guitar with ten light steel strings and is played with the fingers rather than with a plectrum.


The viola amarantina and viola braguesa are smaller versions of the same instrument.


Traditionally, many tunings are used.


Portuguese tunings of the viola caipira:

  • A-E-F#-B-E
  • G-D-E-A-D (ie one tone lower)


Viola Amarantina and Viola Braguesa standard (Portunguese) tunings are one fourth higher than the viola caipira:

  • D-A-B-E-A
  • C-G-A-D-G


Brazilian tunings


Boiadeira tuning

  • G-D-F#-A-D


Rio-abaixo tuning:

  • G-D-G-B-D


Many other open tunings are also used.


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