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