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A Brief History on the Mariachi Tradition


Analyzing Mariachi Traditional and Popular Song Forms

The Huapango

  • Not from the traditional mariachi genre.  Originally from the Huastec region on the eastern region of México, now popularized in mariachi.
  • Radio broadcasts are responsible for broadening the invisible “borders” of regional Mexican folk forms as well as international popular forms.
  • The huapango has alternating rhythmic patterns similar to the son jaliscience.

  • Both major and minor keys are used.
  • One of the distinctive characteristics is the use of a falsetto by the vocalist.
  • Another major musical characteristic is the use of fast and “busy” violin passages for the musical introductions and interludes.

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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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