Lira da Braccio
The lira da braccio (Italian, about " Armlyra ") is the basic type of a family of stringed instruments of the Renaissance, who as the viola da braccio its origins in the medieval fiddle. The lira was used both in the ensemble, as well as an accompaniment to solo singing. Your strings are found both on the fingerboard, partly in addition to this, as so-called drone strings, usually two. The usually handle 7 strings run over a flat bridge, which allows more consistent game. There are different sizes and moods of the lira, as well as a tenor instrument. The largest possible version exists, the lira da gamba, the bass instrument of the family.