Violas

Viola de Fado

In Portugal, the standard guitar is often called viola de fado. The main difference between it and a normal classical guitar is that the viola de fado often has steel strings, at least on the top two courses. Other differences can include the rosette design, and the addition of a small pickguard to the right side of the strings between the soundhole and bridge. Tuned like a standard guitar, it is typically played fingerstyle and provides chords and the typical bass riffs that drive the music along.


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