minstrel: Viola da Gamba--what is it tuned to?

Greg Lindahl lindahl at pbm.com
Thu Mar 16 10:07:09 PST 2000

> I have just found a gorgeous Viola da Gamba to
> purchase  for my husband, who plays cello.  This
> instrument has a very "cello-like" sound to it--lovely
> and deep.  Do any of you know what the 6 strings are
> supposed to be tuned to?  Even the shop proprioter
> isn't certain on this.  Please help if you can.

I assume it's a bass viol da gamba, since you think it's
cello-like. From bottom to top, it's D G C E A D. There's a 4th
between all pairs except a 3rd in the middle.

-- gb

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