Mariachi Traditional and Popular Song Forms.
A guide for the mariachi student.
on Mariachi Music
Some listings of those hard-to-find articles!
Jalisco harp (arpa Jalisciense) is the type of
harp traditionally found in Jalisco, Mexico. It has long held two roles:
That of being played solo, and that of being part of a mariachi. It is
also used in the neighboring state of Michoacán, where, of course, it is
called "arpa michoacana" (Michoacán harp). It is but one of many
distinct types of harps found in various parts of Mexico, (Jalisco,
Michoacán, Veracruz , Zacatecas, Sonora, San Luís Potosí, and Chiapas,
to name a few), and throughout Latin America (Paraguay, Ecuador, Perú,
Venezuela, Colombia, Guatemala)....
Mariachi Folk Harp (Arpa
Grande de Jalisco)
An article on the rural, urban and structural
characteristics of the traditional Mariachi folk harp by Sergio Alonso of
the Mariachi Los Camperos.
Sandpiper Instruments is proud to announce the
arrival of its new electro-acoustic Mexican mariachi harp...taking the
traditional "arpa de mariachi" and have made several
modifications, including sharping levers, sound amplification and more,
allowing greater possibilities for mariachi harpists.
Mariachi Trumpet Articulation Guide
Some examples on Mariachi trumpet
style and technique.
Play-Along, Volume 1
This 4 CD and music book collection is for
mariachi trumpet aficionado, with some knowledge already of mariachi style
or technique. The music book has two trumpet parts written out for the
thirteen song tracks recorded in the CDs. Included are: La negra, El niño
perdido, La norteña, El zopilote mojado, La culebra, Las tres pelonas, La
botella, Los machetes, Las copetonas, Jesusita en Chihuahua, Chiapanecas,
La costilla, El tranchete, La madrugada, and El barrilito. The 4 CDs
contain the same 13 songs, but Disc 1 is the 'full version,' disc 2 is for
a 1st trumpet to play along with, Disc 3 is for the 2nd trumpet to play
along with, and disc 4 is recorded without trumpet tracks so that the
trumpets can play freely and see if they've learned it correctly. Contact
www.latintrumpet.com to order
Son Strumming Patterns |
Basic Huapango Pattern | Complex Mariachi Harmony Patterns
| Simple Mariachi Harmony Patterns
| Guitarrón and Vihuela Tuning Charts
& Trumpet Voicing Guide
Some examples on distributing
the violin and trumpet melodic lines.
Vihuela Chords Chart
A graphic representation of the Vihuela
chords. Majors, Minors, Séptimas(7a), Séptimas Menores, Séptimas
OTHER Mexican folk musics
"Many of the
regional styles in Spanish America are song/dance styles using a 6/8
rhythm syncopated with 2/4 and 3/4 rhythms (this is known as
Vera Cruz guitars and information
The guitarra de son from Vera Cruz
"The guitarra de son is the term that
the rural jarochos use for the requinto jarocho. It has four courses and
comes in a variety of sizes. The bass, or guitarron jarocho, is called the
leon. The next size up is the guitarra cuarta or leona. We have photos of
those on the traditional instrument page on our website..."
Audio and verbal descriptions of sones in the Mexican Folk
"Los sones dominados Abajeños o Planecos, los
hubicamos en el Valle de Apatzingán, en la cuenca del río Tepalcatepec..."