The lute is a very famous folk instrument in Europe. It is a musical instrument that is used habitually in almost all countries of modern Europe and is called the “King of musical instruments”. Therefore, it is a major musical instrument among Europeans, and everyone knows it. It is said to have its origins in the Middle East and its ancestors are medieval Arabian guitars. The name lute is said to be derived from the Arabic word for “tree”.
This instrument was born in Europe.
History of the lute
The origin of the lute is the Middle East, and its ancestor is a musical instrument called “Al Oud”, which was used habitually in medieval Arabia. It is said that the Arabian merchants at that time brought these instruments to Europe and evolved independently to become the current lute. Around the 13th and 14th centuries, a guitar that seems to be a lute appeared in the painting. However, at that time, the instruments were small and the number of strings was not very large. In the 16th and 17th centuries, this guitar became very popular in Europe and became known as the “King of Musical Instruments”. Starting with the poets of the time, Martin Luther, Henry VIII, Queen Elizabeth I, Louis XIII, etc. were also learning the lute very hard. It was called the Renaissance lute because it was made during the Renaissance. Since then, the lute tribe instruments have many similarities to this renaissance lute because they are improved and modified renaissance lutes. Nowadays, it has become a minor instrument due to the emergence of latecomer instruments such as classical guitars and electric guitars, but it is also an instrument familiar to most Europeans.Cyber Monday Promotion (Under Embargo)
Features of the lute
The type of string is nylon string, which is called “double string” and has 6 to 13 courses with two strings stretched each, which is a surprisingly large number of strings. Playing and tuning are similar to a guitar. Hold the strings while grasping the neck with the fingers of your left hand, and play the strings with your fingers of your right hand. The material is usually wood, and the body is often described as “cut in half” and is characterized by a rounded back. The front faceplate is often much thinner than a classical guitar, and the neck is made of light wood.Cyber Monday Promotion (Under Embargo)
The lute is now defeated by electric and acoustic guitars, but it is still famous as an instrument that often appears in classical music, folk music, and BGM. Especially in games with a background of the Middle Ages and modern times, it tends to be used a lot.