Complex Mariachi Harmonic Patterns:
by Laura Garciacano Sobrino
I. Bolero Patterns (4/4 ballad)
A. Commonly used in the Bolero
genre, this pattern, called "secuéncia," is probably the second most
important harmonic progression more commonly found in this genre.
(The first most important progression used in boleros is "circulo,"
meaning the harmony is based on the circle of fifths.)
B. Relative minors7 and v7/Dominant
II. The Joropo (origin: Venezuela)
III. The Popurrí is a medley of songs with some common theme, i.e. a composer, a particular singers repertory, a subject matter, which can:
- contain elaborate or simpler bridges between songs.
- re-arrange the original recording version into a more modern interpretation, using related substitute