The history of the guitar family of instruments in Portugal is quite different from that of neighbouring Spain. This may be evidenced by the nearest Portuguese equivalent to the Spanish guitar being called a "viola", while the "guitarra" resembles an instrument of the mandolin family.
At least some of the differences and traditions can be traced to the country's Atlantic and sea-faring connections.
This category is intended to include all Portuguese variants of the guitar family.
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Fado - Guitar
The origins, construction, tuning and playing techniques for the guitarra.
How To Fake A Normal Guitar Into A Portuguese guitar
Suggests techniques for achieving the sound of the guitarra on a "normal" steel-string acoustic guitar.
Playing the Lisbon Portuguese Guitarra
An introduction to playing techniques; includes information on construction, tuning, tablature, techniques and exercises.
An article in Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Contains brief history, string tuning, external links.
Portuguese Guitar History
A historical survey of possible origins for the guitarra; the author argues that its roots lie in the Renaissance cittern and 18th century English guitar; also explores ths instrument's use in Fado.
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