Harp. A harpist in a mariachi group that makes my heart very happy.
From eHow: The Mexican folk harp is a versatile instrument, with a harpist able to play bass notes with his left hand and melody notes with his right. It has 36 strings and is constructed of cedar and tacote (a Mexican wood, similar to balsa). Originally a key instrument in Mariachi music, the Mexican folk harp today is seen as a luxury. It wasn’t suited to new keys that Mariachi players were incorporating, and became drowned out by additional trumpets and violins. Its large size was also a burden to the mobile Mariachi performer.
And I’ll leave you with a bit of the music, I hope you take a listen; it’s amazing.
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