How to Pronounce viols?

Correct pronunciation for the word "viols" is [vˈa͡ɪ͡əlz], [vˈa‍ɪ‍əlz], [v_ˈaɪə_l_z].

"Viols" in context

Viols are a family of stringed instruments that have been around since the medieval era. They typically have between four and six strings and are typically played with a bow. They come in a variety of shapes and sizes and lend themselves to a wide variety of musical styles and genres. In particular, the viol is well suited for ensemble and chamber music, as it can blend its distinct timbre with other instruments in a way that some other instruments cannot.

One type of viol that is particularly popular today is the viola da gamba or "gambas".

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