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Definition and Description of the Mandolin
Definition and description of the Mandolin: The Mandolin can be described as a small and beautifully shaped string instrument resembling the lute. The mandolin evolved from its Medieval predecessor which was called a Mandore, four-stringed instrument, strung with gut, which had evolved from the lute.  The modern cittern is also an extension of the mandolin family.

Family of Instruments: The Mandolin and Mandore belong to the family of String instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Mandolin
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Mandolin, would be used by the musicians of the period including the Waits, Minstrels or Troubadours. There were three categories of musical instruments in the Middle Ages - wind, string and percussion. Terms of description were Bas instruments and Haut instruments. Bas referred to soft instruments (literally, "low," but referring to volume, not pitch) which were suitable for the chamber which included the vielle, rebec and other bowed strings, the lute and other plucked strings. Haut referred to loud instruments (literally "high" but referring to volume, not to pitch) which were suitable for outdoors which included the shawm, sackbut, pipe and tabor.

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