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Summary:
Everybody deeply appreciate the great treasure that is Colombian musical
instruments, such as Colombian tiple, made in coral wood, with clear
lines and awesome authentic color, with twelve metal strings arranged in
four courses. Any professional or student guitarist will find it easy to
use in Colombian folk music, and in many Latin American songs. Musicians
can use it in Latin American folk jazz music, but also in original songs
as well. Tiple‟s ethereal and clear sound is a...


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Colombian Musical Instruments, musical instruments


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Everybody deeply appreciate the great treasure that is Colombian musical
instruments, such as Colombian tiple, made in coral wood, with clear
lines and awesome authentic color, with twelve metal strings arranged in
four courses. Any professional or student guitarist will find it easy to
use in Colombian folk music, and in many Latin American songs. Musicians
can use it in Latin American folk jazz music, but also in original songs
as well. Tiple‟s ethereal and clear sound is also used in classic guitar
music creations.

Colombian Cuatro is concert grade guitar; it is made of slices and blocks
from curly maple. It has a violin shape and has a great pitch accuracy
and finish. The „seis‟ is a hybrid of the cuatro and a supplementary
sixth course tunes a fourth below the usual fifth bottom course. It is
also a very popular Colombian musical instrument. This feature allows an
expanded bass range. It can be used also for guitar intervals as well,
and it makes a awesome music, It sounds as a guitar, but sweeter, faster
and louder.

Original Colombian music instruments
Spanish and African traditions are strongly represented in Colombian
music. Traditional quena, a king of flute, and Spanish guitar are very
popular. Colombian bandolina has fifteen strings and its sound is
beautiful, sweet and clear. It is usually made by hand, of unexcelled
quality. The marimba is another Colombian musical instrument; it looks
like a xylophone and its keys are made in wood. The arpa is a local
version of the harp, the guassa is a rattle. The songs from the Pacific
coast are using drums and are tinged with Spanish influence. Due to the
Spanish influence, piano music is also very popular in Colombia. The
newest music style in Colombia is “valenato”, based on the European
accordion.

Many Colombian musical instruments are beautifully crafted, from the
ancient times until our century. The charango, a kind of guitar made in
wood, the vessel whistle, the erkencho, a kind of clarinet, the chirimia,
an oboe, are carefully made and original Colombian folk music sounds
great with them. There are six ethnic zones in Colombia; the music is a
hybrid between Indian roots and Spanish traditions. In some regions,
there is also a strong Negro influence. Guitars, flutes and drums are
always necessary; in the Caribbean zone the most important Colombian
musical instrument is gaita, a kind of oboe. In Colombia, music is a
tradition. There is a habit to pass folk songs from one generation to the
other.