Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Son Jarocho

This is something someone says to encourage the singer to continue... Sort of like "great job!" or "keep it up!" The musicians would say this to one another--Sometimes someone from the audience would say it.

Son Jarocho is a musical style of performance and/or dance that comes from Veracruz. It's fairly new to Los Angeles, and has a growing number of people who are interested in learning this type of music.

Last year, I spent a lot of time going to Fandangos, where big groups of men and women would either dance sapateado (It's very traditional to have a flowy dress and/or use a special shawl to dance with) or play music! The name for these gatherings are called fandango~ If it's smaller, or less informal, fandangito.

The jarochos play music on various instruments.... The jarana is very similar to a ukelele... There are a few different strings. These jaranas also vary in size, and names! For instance, if you're a beginner, you would probably start with a jarana primera. If you want to do solos, you would be playing with a requinto (it is much smaller, and has a higher tone).

Not to mention the quijada, which is a DONKEY JAW!

Sometimes there are harpists, someone playing a cajon, or even a marimbol (the marimbol and the quijada are usually the instruments I [try] to play whilst a fandango is going on)~

And there you have it!


So, if you're interested in hearing some of this music, there are TONS of neat ones on YouTube.
For instance! La Bamba sounds so much better sung traditionally (sorry Ritchie Valen! :P) Here are more of my favorites, and some other popular ones to search for:
El Pájaro Cú
El Colás
La Guanabana
La Llorona

I hope you enjoy it as much as I have! :]

This is sort of like a 'marker'--it signifies the end of the song. It's said when there is one last measure (Uno=one). The musicians usually say this.

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