Viola Bastarda


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Viola Bastarda

 

(English, lyra viol), an old bowed instrument from the viol group. It had six playing strings variously tuned; sometimes resonating strings were added. It was used in England and Italy during the 16th and 17th centuries.

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Paras combined a background in jazz guitar improvisation with a superb viol technique and academic study of the literature for viola bastarda.
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