H is for …


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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About Angeline M

Love travel and photography. Living in Northern California. Photos of locations visited are personal file photos.
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22 Responses to H is for …

  1. I’ve never heard a Mexican harp. Can’t listen to it now, because the whole house is a sleep where I am, but I’ll return to your post and check this out later.
    I’m curious now and thanks for that Angeline!


  2. frizztext says:

    hi Angeline,
    a good idea to put the focus on HARP!


  3. Paula says:

    I love this post! Thank you so much for the video link, Angeline. it has brightened my lunch break 🙂


  4. Madhu says:

    Fabulous music Angeline! We don’t get to hear harp music here in India. Great choice for the challenge.


  5. Amy says:

    The harp performance is amazing! I love Mexican music, but have never heard the harp. Thank you so much for sharing the info. I’m going to have a fun conversation about harp with my friends here in San Antonio 🙂


    • Angeline M says:

      You rarely see the harp in a mariachi group these days, they’re just too cumbersome. I took the photo in a local Mexican restaurant..I could not believe my eyes when we walked in and I saw that.


  6. Such a beautiful instrument.


  7. thirdeyemom says:

    I love the harp and its beautiful music!


  8. ShimonZ says:

    I just love Mariachi music, and haven’t heard it for years. It’s completely unknown in my country. I enjoyed the link you shared with us very much!


    • Angeline M says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the link, and a couple of minutes of music. You must have first heard this music when you were in Mexico? I wonder how a group of Mariachi would go over in Israel.


  9. ChgoJohn says:

    What an unexpected response to the challenge — and how wonderful! That harpist’s fingers flew across those strings. Thank, Angeline, for a great post.


  10. dadirri7 says:

    sensational music thank you Angeline … I loved the harp, so different from the concert harp we know 🙂


  11. Olé! Thank you for sharing that amazing harp solo!


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