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Mexican Mariachi Bands
Mark Sommeron 18 October 2012
Transcript of Mexican Mariachi Bands
- Trumpets: Typically 2 per ensemble, trumpets bring a sense of brilliance and a brass voice into the assortation of instruments.
- Guitar: Similar to the guitarrón, the European guitar provides the bass line, and maintains a constant and steady rhythm.
- Vihuela: Unlike its European counterpart, the Vihuela is higher-pitched, and has a rounded back, as well as provides the vital rhythm of the mariachi band.
- Guitarrón: Serving alongside the European guitar, the guitarrón remains low-pitched and steady.
- Mexican Folk Harp: Although it may double with the guitarrón and guitar on the bass line, the harp may also posses the melody at times. Instruments With the combination of these instruments, sharp contrast and defined diversity can easily be heard; some of this example include: the soft sound of the violins against the crisp brass style of the trumpets and the low-toned voice of the guitarrón in comparison to the high and defined quality of the Vihuela. Between the on and off the beats and syncopation in the songs, the collaboration of these instruments portray a stunning music style that is genuinely Mexican. Mariachi bands can be found celebrating the good times in the Mexican people’s lives as well as lift spirits in the bad. The serenata (or serenade) style of mariachi playing is oftenly used by a young man whom wishes to express his love to a young woman. Las Mañanitas is the traditional song for Saints Day, but is also played on birthdays. While mariachi bands are commonly hired for baptisms, wedding, and holidays, its is not unusual to find one performing a list of Mexican songs chosen by the deceased at a funeral. Mariachi bands also play at a Mexican folk mass called Misa Panamericana. Here, songs are sung in Spanish as the instruments of the band provide a new vivid and refreshing quality while traditional Catholic elements remain constant. Special Ocassions - Zapateado: Meaning “footwork” in Spanish, this form of dance has its origins from Spain. Both male and female performers dig the heels of their shoes into the ground while dancing. Because of this, the dance floor it usually dented by the end of the night.
- Huapango: In this dance, lines of couples begin by facing each other. As the the dancers shuffle their feet to music, they must make sure that no movement is transferred to the torso. Some huapango dancers demonstrate their skill by performing while balancing a glass atop their head.
- Mexican Hat Dance: This dance is perhaps the most famous of the mexican dances, and is also referred to as “Jarabe Tapatio”. Being Mexico’s national dance, the Mexican Hat dance requires much choreography and skill. The wardrobe for men is usually the Jalisco horseman outfit while the woman wear bright silk shirts and shawls. Dances And that's a brief summary of... By: Mark Sommer