Q:

Which instruments are used to play Bachata music?

A:

Although normally considered guitar music, Bachata also utilizes maracas, claves, gourd scrapers, marimbas and bongo drums. In the early days, an accordion sometimes substituted for a guitar, especially when merengue and other dance music was the theme of the evening. The 1960s saw the popularization of Bachata music, as romantic guitar music dominated the charts in South America.

Prior to the popularization of recorded albums, guitar trios were widespread forms of entertainment at private and public functions in South America. The very definition of bachata means fun or merriment, because that is how listeners feel when experiencing the music.

Bachata is also a term for a party where the guitar music is played. Food, drink and music are all important factors for a successful bachata. Bachata musicians are traditionally only paid with refreshments, and the parties sometimes go until the wee hours of the morning when a special soup, sancocho, signals the end of the festivities.

Bachata didn't become a recognized style until the 1970s, though upper and middle class citizens tried to denigrate the music. The bachata musicians themselves tried to label their genre as romantic bolero, but the term bachata has stuck to this day, as of 2014.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    What are some instruments traditionally used in Mexico?

    A:

    According to the Los Cenzontles Cultural Arts Academy, instruments traditionally used in Mexico include string instruments that resemble guitars, such as the jarana, huapanguera, vihuela, guitarron, Quinta de golpe, tololoche and guitarra de son. Many of these come in a variety of sizes. Other instruments traditionally used in Mexico include a harp-like instrument called the arpa and percussive instruments, such as the quijada and zapateado.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What are maracas?

    A:

    Maracas, sometimes referred to as rumba shakers, are percussion instruments traditionally made out of a hollow gourd and filled with pebbles, beans, seeds, beads or other, similar, objects.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is used to repair big brass band instruments?

    A:

    Several techniques are commonly used to get brass instruments looking and sounding their best. If an instrument has fallen into any kind of disrepair, it is best to first disassemble the entire instrument — that is, take it apart piece by piece, according to Dana Hofer Brass Instrument Repair.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What keys play "Jingle Bells" on the piano?

    A:

    The keys C, D, E, F and G are used to play "Jingle Bells" on the piano. If chords are added, however, more keys are used. Chords are played with the left hand and the main tune with the right.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore