Five Interesting Instruments from Five Cool Spanish-Speaking Countries!
Just like in America, Spanish-speaking countries have special instruments. Here, I will show a special instrument from Spain, Mexico, and three different central-american countries.
The Spanish Vihuela
The Spanish Vihuela comes from Spain! When playing, you can use a bow, quill, or your fingers on the six strings that is has. It plays polyphonic music, which is a music texture where two melodies are played at once. The Vihuela sounds almost exactly like a guitar, but has a twang to it. It looks a lot like a guitar, but the look varies. Some are taller and more narrow, and some looks like a brown, wooden raindrop.
The Guitarròn Mexican is a popular instrument in Mexico. The name is basically the "Mexican Guitar"! It is sort of like a guitar and a bass combined. You play it similar to a guitar, as you pluck the six different strings. It is usually the foundation of music in a mariachi band. It's low and deep, like a bass. It also looks more like a base than a guitar, but as said before, it has six strings.
The Marimba is an interesting, African-originating instrument from Belize. It's played like a xylophone, but people have two specially-made mallets in each hand. Isn't played in specific music, but usually is played with another instrument instead of it being played alone. Most usually has a five octave range, so it isn't high or low. The Mariamba looks a lot like a xylophone. The pipes are usually metal.
The word "Chinchine" is simply the name Guatemala has given to maracas. They are played just like maracas, shaking them. Chinchines are used during holidays, festivals, and celebrations alike. The rattle due to the seeds bouncing around the inside. They looks just like maracas, but are usually painted black, but it doesn't really matter. They also are carved, exposing the real color of the Chinchines.
The accordion is played many places, but in Honduras, it is a pretty popular instrument. To play it, you open and close the bellows, and press the buttons on the sides. It looks like a tall, square spring with buttons and sometimes a keyboard on the sides.This instrument isn't played at any specific sound, and it sounds good with and without an accompaniment. It gives a deep, steady sound, sort of like an organ. Multiple notes can played at once.