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The History And Development Of Musical Instruments From The Earliest Times.

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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS.
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five, and it was tuned in various ways. One kind had a string
finger-board instead of over it; this string was, therefore, only capable of producing a single tone. The four other strings
on which all the strings were placed over the finger-board,
The woodcut above represents a
very beautiful vidle: French, of about 1550, with monograms of Henry II. This is at South Kensington.
The contrivance of placing a string or two at the side of the finger-board is evidently very old, and was also gradually adopted on other instruments of the violin class of a somewhat later period than that of the viellc; for instance, on the lira di braccio of the Italians. It was likewise adopted on the lute, to obtain a fuller power in the bass; and hence arose the theorbo, the anhlutc. and other varieties of the old lute.
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