Viola da Gamba

The Viola da Gamba first appeared in the 15th century.

They were very popular in the Renaissance and Baroque eras, and are still played today.  

The Viola da Gamba has 6 gut strings and gut frets that are tied on, like a Lute. The French Bass Viol has 7 strings.

There are several members of the Viola da Gamba family including the Treble, the Tenor and the Bass.

All Viol instruments are held between the legs, like a modern Cello, hence the Italian name Viola da Gamba, which means Viol for the leg.