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Definition and Description of the Chittarone
Definition and description of the Chittarone: The Chittarone can be described as a lute which could reach 6 feet tall. Description: Also referred to as a Theorbo and is a type of lute dating back to the 1580's which was used to accompany the voice. A large musical instrument with a powerful sound having 14 courses of strings.

6 single which are plucked and stopped on a fretted fingerboard like the strings of a modern guitar and 8 long single basses which were played by the plucking hand.

Family of Instruments: The Chittarone belongs to the family of String instruments.

Medieval Musical Instruments - Chittarone
Medieval Musical instruments, including the Chittarone, 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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