Capoeiristas split berimbaus in three categories:
- Gunga (others say Berra-boi): lowest tone
- Médio (others say Viola): medium tone
- Viola (Violinha if the medium tone is Viola): highest tone
These categories relate to sound, not to size. The berimbau’s quality does not depend on the length of the verga or the size of the gourd, rather on the diameter and hardness of the verga’s wood and the quality of the cabaça.