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Where is the Percussion in a Mariachi Ensemble?

Where is the Percussion in a Mariachi Ensemble?

Mariachi ensembles feature violins, trumpets, guitars, vihuela, and guitarron. You may notice there are no percussion instruments featured in the list! So what about Mariachi percussion? Through the years a few Mariachi groups have added percussion instruments to...
Mariachi Guitars for Kids of All Ages

Mariachi Guitars for Kids of All Ages

New elementary mariachi programs are springing up everywhere! A majority of these elementary programs are starting in districts that already have thriving high school and middle school mariachi programs. This move to start mariachi programs earlier supplies students...
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...