Alonso Arpa de Mariachi

Sandpiper Instruments and Sergio “Checo” Alonso, ethnomusicologist and harpist for the world renowned, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, have collaborated in designing a mariachi harp that meets the demands of contemporary mariachi music. This project was undertaken with one goal: to take the arpa de mariachi and modify it to allow greater performance possibilities for the mariachi harpist, without sacrificing the aesthetic quality and integrity of the traditional harp. In designing the Arpa Alonso, Sandpiper Instruments has first and foremost, preserved the essential characteristics of the Jalisco harp, recognized its structural and performance limitations, modified the conventional methods in its construction, equipped it with new and indispensable features, and created an instrument with the potential to redefine the role of the harp in the urban mariachi ensemble.

After years of development, Sandpiper Instruments is proud to announce that it has produced the finest Jalisco harp available on the market. Its sound quality, playability, and visual aesthetic are unparalleled by any other mariachi harp made in the United States or Mexico. The Arpa Alonso gracefully compliments the aesthetic of the contemporary mariachi by projecting a powerful bass along with brilliant and resonating trebles. Whether playing in an amplified or an acoustic environment, this electro-acoustic instrument has a dominating presence within the mariachi unlike ever before. With bass, middle, and treble control, harpists have the added advantage of controlling their mix to their desired levels. Modulation and chromatic harmonies are no longer a problem. By tuning the harp in the recommended key of Bb Major, the harpist has the ability to perform and quickly switch between all of the most commonly utilized keys in mariachi music, including Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, Si-b, and their relative minors. The Arpa Alonso is carefully crafted by Sandpiper Instruments to assure many years of enjoyment.

To view the Arpa Alonso on the Sandpiper Instruments site, click here: http://www.piperharp.com/Jalisco.html
The harp is available in both adult and youth sizing!
 
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