A tricordia (also trichordia or tricordio) or mandriola is a twelve-stringed variation of the mandolin.[1] The tricordia is used in Mexican folk music, while its European cousin, the mandriola, is used identically to the mandolin. It differs from a standard mandolin in that it has three strings per course. Mandriolas only use unison tuning (G3 G3 G3 • D4 D4 D4 • A4 A4 A4 • E5 E5 E5), while tricordias use either unison tuning or octave tuning (G2 G3 G3 • D3 D4 D4 • A3 A4 A4 • E4 E5 E5).

Tricordia
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Other namesMandriola
Classification String instrument (plucked)
Hornbostel–Sachs classification321.322
(Composite chordophone)
Playing range
Range mandolin.PNG
(a regularly tuned tricordia with 14 frets to body)
Related instruments

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