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Mariachis Frequently Asked Questions

What are mariachis – What is the difference between mariachi band and mariachi group?

1)                   A MARIACHI IS A BAND THAT PLAYS MEXICAN FOLK MUSIC.

2)                  MARIACHI BAND OR BANDS AND MARIACHI GROUP OR GROUPS ARE SYNONYMOUS.  THESE TITLES MARIACHI BAND AND MARIACHI GROUP MEAN THE EXACT SAME THING.

IT IS PROBABLY MORE CORRECT TO ASK FOR A MARIACHI AND NOT MARIACHI GROUP (S) AND OR MARIACHI BAND (S).  IT IS REDUNDANT BECAUSE A MARIACHI IS A MEXICAN FOLK MUSIC BAND OR GROUP.  CASE IN POINT:  TO ASK FOR A MARIACHI GROUP OR MARIACHI BAND IS ASKING FOR A BAND BAND OR A GROUP GROUP.

A MARIACHI BAND IS LIKE SAYING THE HOLLOI POLLOI (REDUNDANT)- .  I THINK YOU GET THE POINT!!

MARIACHI IS SUFFICIENT WORD TO DESCRIBE A MEXICAN FOLK BAND

ANOTHER THING THAT WILL CONFUSE YOU:  A MARIACHI MEMBER IN A MARIACHI IS A CALLED A MARIACHI.  CONFUSING I KNOW.  IT IS EVEN MORE CONFUSING TO US.  SOMETIMES WE DIFFERENTIATE WOMEN MARIACHIS BY CALLING THEM MARIACHERAS.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

A MARIACHI NEEDS THESE TWO INSTRUMENTS:

VIHUELA-RHYTHM INSTRUMENT AND GUITARRON-BASS INSTRUMENT TO BE CALLED A MARIACHI.

Is it better to have a mariachi band that can play any song?

YES DEFINITIVELY.  WITH A MORE EXPERIENCED MARIACHI BAND YOU THE CUSTOMER ARE GETTING YOUR MONEY’S WORTH.

AN EXPERIENCED MARIACHI BAND WILL AND CAN PLAY REQUESTS.

WHEREAS JUVENILE GROUPS ONLY KNOW A SET OF SONGS (30 OR LESS).  THESE GROUPS LACK THE EXPERIENCE OF IMPROVISATION AND

ACQUISITION OF SUFFICIENT REPERTOIRE TO SATISFY THE NEEDS OF A DEMANDING AUDIENCE.

What does mariachi mean in English

THE WORD MARIACHI USUALLY REFERS TO A MEXICAN FOLK BAND BUT ALSO CAN REFER

TO A MARIACHI MEMBER (MALE OR FEMALE).

NOTE:  THERE ARE MANY THEORIES ABOUT THE ORIGIN OF THE WORD MARIACHI:

a)        MARIACHI IS THE TYPE OF WOOD FOUND IN THE JALISCO AREA THAT IS USED IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE WOODEN RHYTHM INSTRUMENTS:  VIHUELA AND GUITARRON

b)       MARIACHI IS THE WOOD USED FOR THE DANCE FLOOR THAT WAS USED IN DANCING TO MARIACHI MUSIC

c)        MARIACHI COMES FROM THE WORD MAR- I-A GE IN FRENCH AND CORRUPTED INTO MARIACHI (MUSICIAN WHO PLAYS AT WEDDINGS)

d)       THERE ARE PROBABLY MANY MORE VERSIONS OF ORIGIN FOR THE WORD MARIACHI.  YOU SAFE BET WOULD BE TO CONSULT A MEXICAN ETHNOMUSICOLOGIST!!  GOOGLE THE WORD AND YOU WILL FIND THEM!

Where can I hire a mariachi band

USE GIGMASTERS, GIGSALAD, GOOGLE, GOOGLE MY GROUP MARIACHI ALEGRE CAN BE FOUND HERE:

HTTP://MARIACHIALEGREDETUCSONAZ.COM

ALSO ON GIGMASTERS, GIGSALAD, GOOGLE MAPS AND DIRECTORY ALSO IN WEDDINGWIRE.COM

What do mariachi bands wear/where can I buy this outfit

MARIACHIS USUALLY WEAR CUSTOM MADE PANTS, VEST AND COAT MADE IN MEXICO BUY A TAILOR THAT SPECIALIZES

IN THIS TYPE OF OUTFIT.

THE TRAJE (SUIT SEE ABOVE) IS CUSTOM TAILORED FOR A NICE GOOD FIT.

THE SUIT IS ADORNED WITH PLATA (SILVER OR GOLD PLATED ORNAMENTS)

PLACED ON THE SIDE OF THE PANT OR SKIRT (FEMALE).  THE COAT IS ALSO ADORNED.

THERE ARE OTHER TYPES OF ADORNMENT (FANCY AND ORNATE STITCHING-CALLED GRECA)

THAT CAN BE USED ON A TRAJE.  IT IS MORE COMMON TO SEE THE PLATED ORNAMENTS.

GOOD SOURCE:  MARIACHI CONNECTION (GOOGLE ON WEB)

What is mariachi music in Mexico

MARIACHI MUSIC CAN BE COMPARED TO AMERICAN COUNTRY MUSIC.

MARIACHI MUSIC EMBODIES THE SENTIMENTS OF OUR CULTURE EXPRESSED THROUGH SONG.

WHAT I MEAN TO SAY IS MARIACHI MUSIC CAN EXPRESS SORROW, JOY EXHILIRATION ALL WITHIN THE SAME SONG.

ALL OTHER TYPES OF MEXICAN MUSIC SPRING FROM THIS TYPE OF FOLK MUSIC.

CASE IN POINT:

NORTENO MUSIC-REGIONAL NORTHERN MEXICO MUSIC HAS ITS ORIGINS IN MARIACHI

SINALOA MUSIC-REGIONAL CENTRAL MEXICO ALSO HAS MARIACHI ORIGIN

TEX MEX MUSIC-TEXAS USA MOST DEFINITIVELY HAS MARIACHI ORIGIN

Where do mariachi bands play

MARIACHIS PLAY AT RESTAURANTS, BARS, MALLS AND PRIVATE PARTIES, WEDDINGS, 15TH BIRTHDAY PARTY (DEBUTS-QUINCENERA),

BIRTHDAYS, FUNERALS AND ANNIVERSARIES AT CHURCHES, PRIVATE AND PUBLIC VENUES.  WE PLAY ALL OVER.

MARIACHIS DON’T USUALLY NEED AMPLIFICATION SINCE THE STRING INSTRUMENTS ARE ACOUSTICAL BUT IN A CONCERT SETTING

MICROPHONES ARE PREFERRED.

GUITARRON (BASS INSTRUMENT) ORIGIN IS THE ADAPTATION OF THE MEXICAN HARP.  ORIGINALLY MARIACHIS USUALLY USED THE HARP FOR

THE BASS INSTRUMENT BUT IT WAS HARD TO CARRY FROM CANTINA TO CANTINA.  SO MARIACHIS DEVELOPED THE GUITARRON BASS

TO REPLACE THE HARP AS A BASS INSTRUMENT.  THE HARP IS USUALLY USED PRIMARILY FOR MUSIC ADORNMENT AND BASS.

THIS INSTRUMENT IS PLAYED IN OCTAVES AND HAS A VERY SHORT KEYBOARD.  THE NOTES PLAYED IN OCTAVES DOUBLE THE SOUND GENERATED

WHEN PLAYED.  THE BACK OF THIS INSTRUMENT IS SHAPED LIKE THE KEEL OF A BOAT.  THIS BOW IS USED FOR SOUND AMPLIFICATION.

VIHUELA (RHYTHM INSTRUMENT) IS A FIVE STING TENOR PITCHED GUITAR.  THIS INSTRUMENT IS MISSING THE SIXTH TOP STRING OF THE GUITAR SO THE CHORD PLACEMENTS ARE SLIGHTLY ALTERED IN COMPARISON TO GUITAR CHORDS.  THE VIHUELA IS ALSO STRUNG DIFFERENTLY IN THAT PRIMERAS SEGUNDA AND TERCERAS (PLEASE ASK VIHUELA EXPERT FOR MORE INFO) ARE USED IN VIHUELA STRINGING WHEREAS GUITAR STRINGING USES THE CONVENTIONAL STRINGING:  E A D G B E.

THE VIHUELA CAN ALSO BE COMPARED TO THE AMERICAN SNARE DRUM.  THIS INSTRUMENT IS HIGHER PITCHED THAT A GUITAR THEREFORE WHEN PLAYED IT SOUNDS LIKE A DRUM AND GUITAR COMBINED.  THE INSTRUMENT ALS0 HAS AN ENLARGED BOWED BACK FOR SOUND AMPLIFICATION.

FOR A MARIACHI TO BE A CALLED A TRUE MARIACHI (BAND) IS REQUIRES THESE TWO INSTRUMENTS:  GUITARRON AND VIHUELA

Where is mariachi from/when did mariachi start

THE BIRTHPLACE OF MARIACHI IS AROUND THE AREA OF COCULA, JALISCO MEXICO LATE 1850 (ERA OF MAXIMILLIAN*).  GUADALAJARA JALISCO IS WHERE THE MUSIC TOOK OFF EXPONENTIALLY.  MOST ALL INFLUENCE (EUROPEAN OR INDIGENOUS) WAS CENTERED AND CULTIVATED IN GUADALAJARA MAKING THIS CITY THE CRIB (CUNA) OF MEXICAN FOLK MUSIC.

MARIACHI MUSIC IS A CONGLOMERATION OF INDIGENOUS REGIONAL FOLK MUSIC

THAT IS RANCHERA (3/4 COUNT) CORRIDO (2/4 COUNT) AND SON (3/4 6/8 ALTERNATING RHYTHMIC PATTERN)

AND IMPORTED (FROM MAXIMILLIAN-FRANCE HIDALGOS-SPAIN) EUROPEAN INFLUENCES.

EUROPEAN INFLUENCE AND SONGS SUCH AS:

CHOTIS

WALTZ-VALS

JIGS-JARABE (MEXICAN HAT DANCE)

SEMI CLASSICAL GYPSY INFLUENCED DANCE-CZARDAS,

SEMI CLASSIC AND OPERA-POET AND PEASANT OVERTURE/CARMEN-BIZET

PASO DOBLES AND DANSONES-SPANISH INFLUENCE

*NOTE:

MEXICO WAS UNDER THE DOMINION OF FRANCE.  FRANCE SENT MAXIMILLIAN TO CONQUER AND SUBJUGATE THE MEXICAN POPULATION.

HE WAS OVERTHROWN AND ASSASSINATED.  MAXIMILLIAN BROUGHT TO MEXICO MOSTLY NORTHERN AND CENTRAL EUROPEAN CULTURE AND SONG.

MEXICO WAS ALSO UNDER THE DOMINION OF SPAIN.  HIDALGOS (SPANISH ARISTROCATS) ALSO BROUGHT EUROPEAN CULTURE AND SONG TO MEXICO.

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