viola caipira

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:


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


Brazilian tunings


Boiadeira tuning


Rio-abaixo tuning:


Many other open tunings are also used.


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