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Meet the Mariachi Instruments

Meet the Mariachi Instruments

Let’s take a look at the musical instruments that make up the Mariachi Ensemble! It is essential to learn the necessary, fundamental qualities and attributes of these musical instruments to understand Mariachi music truly. People all over the world have become...
The Vihuela – An Overview

The Vihuela – An Overview

The VIHUELA MEXICANA is a traditional instrument used in Mariachi music. It is physically similar to the Guitarrón but on a smaller scale. The sound produced from this musical instrument is that of a tenor guitar. The body or the sound box is much smaller than a...
The Harp – An Overview

The Harp – An Overview

Did you know that the Jalisco Harp was the original bass instrument in the mariachi ensemble? The Jalisco Harp was the instrument preferred by the mariachi harp players in southern Jalisco and Michoacán. One reason the Guitarrón eventually replaced the mariachi harp...
The Guitarron – An Overview

The Guitarron – An Overview

The Guitarrón is a large bass guitar. Guitarrón translates to large guitar – the suffix means big or large. It has 6 strings – 3 that are nylon wound with a nylon monofilament core or nylon fibers, and 3 that are steel, bronze or copper wound with a single steel...
Violin in Mariachi Music – An Overview

Violin in Mariachi Music – An Overview

Evolution of the Violin in Mariachi Music Like the guitar, the violin is an instrument widely recognized across the world. The violin was developed in Europe, then brought to the New World by the Spaniards in the 15th century. The indigenous Mexican people quickly...
Mariachi-Percussion

Mariachi-Percussion

Mariachi ensembles are generally comprised of violins, trumpets, guitars, vihuelas, and guitarron. So what about Mariachi percussion? Sounds silly?  Well, actually through the years some Mariachi groups have added percussion instruments to their ensembles, but it was...