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A Brief History on the Mariachi Tradition


Analyzing Mariachi Traditional and Popular Song Forms

The Bolero

  • Ballad, love song.  Adapted from the popular in the 40’s with “Trio Style” ensembles featuring more complicated and highly stylized harmonic and vocal accompaniment.
  • Characteristic 4/4 rhythm with ostinato guitarrón/armonía:

1. The tag ending:

2. The tag ending (minor key):


Back to Song Forms


The Son Jaliscience The Jarabe The Ranchera
The Serenata The Vals The Bolero
The Corrido The Polka The Chotis
The Clasica The Huapango The Cumbia


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