What instrument is the gamba?

viol instruments
All viol instruments are held between the legs like a modern cello, hence the Italian name viola da gamba (it. “viol for the leg”) was sometimes applied to the instruments of this family….Viol.

String instrument
Other names Viola da gamba
Hornbostel–Sachs classification 321.322-71 (Composite chordophone sounded by a bow)

Is viola da gamba a cello?

So let me tell you the difference between a viola da gamba and a cello. The cello has four strings; the gamba has six (or sometimes seven). And unlike a cello, a viola da gamba has frets like a guitar, and that makes it easier to play chords on the gamba.

What instrument replaced the viola da gamba?

violin family
The viola da gamba (viol or viole) began the baroque era as a consort instrument and maintained that role, especially in England, for several decades. In Italy, after the flowering of the viola bastarda (a small bass viol) from the late Renaissance, it was completely supplanted by the violin family.

How is a gamba played?

All viols are played while seated, with the instrument held on or between the knees. (There is no support, or peg, on which to rest the instrument as is the case with the modern cello.) The viol bow is held in an underhanded position with the finger controlling the tension of the horse hair.

What is a Baroque style violin?

A Baroque violin is a violin set up in the manner of the baroque period of music. The term includes original instruments which have survived unmodified since the Baroque period, as well as later instruments adjusted to the baroque setup, and modern replicas.

What is a Baroque cello?

The Baroque cello is a musical instrument that serves as a precursor to the modern cello. It appeared in many forms of music during the Baroque era of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.

What instrument family is the viola in?

String instrument
Bowed string instrumentViolin family
Viola/Instrument family

What are the main instruments of the Baroque period?

Baroque orchestra instruments usually included: strings – violins, violas, cellos and double basses. woodwind – recorders or wooden flutes, oboes and bassoon. brass – sometimes trumpets and/or horns (without valves)