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Course

A term for a run of Strings on a stringed Instrument where there is more than one string in a given position. Most often, in instruments such as the Lute, Mandolin and Mandola for example, the strings are doubled so each course has 2 strings and in the Mandolin for example, there are 4 courses. Some older examples of the Dulcimer had up to 6 strings per course.

The strings in a course are usually tuned the same or an octave apart and the whole course is plucked as one. The intention was to provide more volume and a little more sustain than a single string could provide.