By: Elizabeth Raines
Where is Mariachi played, listened, and danced to most of the time?
Who are the people associated with this type of music?
What is the origin of Mariachi?
What are other musical influences of Mariachi?
What are the main instruments, vocals or arrangements?
The main instruments of Mariachi are the violin, vihuela, guitar, guitarron, trumpet, and sometimes flute, french horn, and organ. The Mariachi usually has 6-8 violins, 2-3 trumpets, 1 vihuela, 1 guitar, and 1 guitarron. There are many different vocals in Mariachi, such as bolero for romantic songs, jalisiense for aggressive songs and huapango for songs in between.
What social, cultural events or traditions is the music associated with?
Mariachi bands are usually played at Mexican weddings, parties, parades and more.
Are there special costumes associated with the music?
They will wear a charro usually black which is a black suit and vest with silver buttons. They will also wear a wide brimmed sombrero. There clothing is usually called the Traje de Charro.