The jarana is used to play the chords in the Son Jarocho. Whenever you find Son Jarocho, you will always find a Jarana.
The Jarana is a guitar-shaped stringed instrument. It is commonly strung with 8 strings in 5 courses. The body is narrower in proportion to a guitar although you can find the jarana in different sizes: mosquito, primera, segunda and tercera (smallest-biggest). The Jarana never gets to the size as the regular guitar, this is because of it’s Spanish origins.

The Jarana has a distinctive sound, it is played almost like a percussion instrument. It’s sound also depends on it’s size (sharp-deep, being the smallest the sharpest) and it’s maker. The maker is the one that gives the voice to the Jarana.


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