Colombian Musical Instruments

Columbian Musical Instruments
Today’s post is about Colombian Folk instruments. I was born in Medellin, Colombia but our family left the country when I was quite young. I have no recollections whatsoever of the music then, however, over the years, I did listen to recordings my parents had picked up in Medellin when I was just a baby.

The Tiple and Quatro are two of the more popular instruments.

Everyone appreciates the amazing treasure of Colombian musical instruments, such as Colombian tiple, produced in coral wood, with clear lines and awesome authentic color. The Tiple hash twelve metal strings arranged throughout four octaves. Any professional or student guitarist will find it simple to utilize for Colombian folks music, additionally for a host of Latin American tunes. Musicians will use it in Latin American folk jazz songs, but also in other genres. The Tiple’s ethereal and clear sound can be used in classic guitar musical pieces. Similar in nature to the ethereal beauty of a Musical Saw.

Another instrucment is the Colombian Cuatro which is actually a concert grade guitar; it is created from laminates of curly walnut. Shaped like a violin, it maintains a true tone and finish.. The ‘seis’ is a sort of hybrid of the cuatro but also contains a supplementary sixth string tuned by a fourth below. It is also an incredibly popular Colombian guitar. This design allows for an expanded bass range. It can be used in place of a guitar, This instrument turns out some awesome music, It has the voice of a guitar, but sweeter, quicker and more volume.

Didgeridoos – Two Masters on Youtube

Here’s a couple of treats for you whether or not you play didgeridoo.
These two guys are incredibly impressive on so many planes. And if you can imagine it – how about playing a Musical Saw duet along with this music!

Give ’em a listen:


And here’s Jerry Donovan…


Musical Saws are great ensemble instruments (of course, they should still be the feature!) But, if just playing solo without accompaniement sometimes the music may get a bit muddy. I’ve always worked with more mainstream musicians, but only because didgeridoo players (and the like) are hard to find.

Folk Music

The word “Folk Music” is a descriptor for both traditional, contemporary music as well as a host of other sub-genres. Other terms to describe Folk Music are: Traditional (Trad), Mountain, ethnic, world, and roots music. The term “Folk Musician” has fallen out of favor and now they are refered to as: “Singer Songwriters”. In the most historic base of folk music, you will never be able to discern the lyricist, composer, arranger, etc. as the music in all liklihood is the result of a joint effort of the community or society. (Plus eons of new musicians tweaking various elements over time).

Under the Folk umbrella are specialty genres, some of which I have listed(ie.):

  1. Old-Time Music
  2. Cowboy Songs
  3. Protest Songs
  4. Folk punk
  5. Indie folk
  6. Electronic-folk
  7. Freak folk
  8. Americana

There’s also racially charged folk music and politicaly oriented folk music both have a similar bent albeit with vastly different goals.

Folk music is immutable in that it is not era-specific and musch of folk musci will transcend geographic, social, cultural, and temporal boundaries.