Bandol (instrument)

The bandol, bandola, or criolla mandolin is a string instrument in Trinidad and Tobago with four double courses of strings, totaling eight strings.[1] It is the tenor representative of the mandolin family on Trinidad.[1] Another member is the higher pitched Trinidadian bandolin.[1]

String instrument
Classification String instrument
Hornbostel–Sachs classification
(Composite chordophone)
Related instruments
Mandolin, Mandola, Bandola

On the bandol, thelower two courses are strung with one steel string and one nylon for each course, and the higher two courses have all nylon (or gut) strings. The bandol is used in Trinidadian parang music, accompanied by "cuatro, maracas" (the main instruments) and the bandolin .[1][2]


  1. ^ a b c d Lise Winer (16 January 2009). Dictionary of the English/Creole of Trinidad & Tobago: On Historical Principles. McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP. pp. 50–. ISBN 978-0-7735-7607-0. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  2. ^ Rebecca S. Miller (2007). Carriacou String Band Serenade: Performing Identity in the Eastern Caribbean. Wesleyan University Press. pp. 223–. ISBN 978-0-8195-6858-8. Retrieved 5 May 2013.
  • Bandol at the Stringed Instrument Database