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The lyra viol is further distinguished from other gambas by the practice of utilizing a large variety of different tuning systems. This practice enables the performer to make a single lyra viol often sound like several instruments at once and achieve different sonorities and qualities of resonance. Twenty-two different tunings are found in one single seventeenth century British source alone, The Manchester Lyra Viol collection, and over twice that number have been found overall.
Lyra music is often extremely emotionally and intellectually engaging and presents yet another example of the depth and power of the Elizabethan culture that produced this unusual musical form. All the written music for the viol "played lyra-way" appears in tablature, a simplified system of notation often preferred by modern beginning guitar players.
For information on the following topics please click on any of the following locations:
A detailed discussion of the viola da gamba: www.vdgsa.org/pgs/traynor1.html
An explanation of of french tablature: www.newtunings.com/kidmid/lyraviol/tablature.html
A comparative chart listing over 25 tunings: www.newtunings.com/kidmid/lyraviol/tabtunings.html
A good source for strings can be found at: www.daniellarson.com
A typical all-lyra viol recital program can be found listed at: www.newtunings.com/kidmid/lyraviol/replist1.html
A fun custom-made puzzle: www.newtunings.com/kidmid/lyraviol/violfindpuz.html
The Viola da Gamba Society of America: www.vdgsa.org
The New York chapter of VdGSA: www.angelfire.com/music/vdgsgny
A great, great site from Joelle Morton: http://www.greatbassviol.com/nlinks.html
FREE SHEET MUSIC in tablature & standard notation: http://www.newtunings.com/kidmid/lyraviol/score
Workshop/performance schedule for LYRA VIOLS ALIVE!: