Introduction to Mexican Music
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Introduction to Mexican Music
Conjunto Norteño Music
Conjunto Norteño is a genre of Mexican music related to polka and corridos. As its names indicates, Norteño is the typical music of Northern Mexico.

Conjunto Norteño Instruments

Accordians are a family of box-shaped musical instruments of the bellows-driven free-reed aerophone type, colloquially referred to as a squeezebox. A person who plays the accordion is called an accordionist. The instrument is played by compressing or expanding the bellows while pressing buttons or keys, causing pallets to open, which allow air to flow across strips of brass or steel, called reeds. These vibrate to produce sound inside the body.
The bajo sexto is a Mexican string instrument with 12 strings in 6 double courses. In playing, the left hand holds the strings against frets on a fingerboard, while the right hand plucks the strings. When played in older styles of music where the instrument assumes the role of a bass, the strings are usually plucked with the fingers. In modern chordal and melodic styles, a pick is frequently used.
The guitar is a six stringed instrument and is part of the armonia family in the mariachi. It plays the rhythms of the mariachi in different patterns. Strings on a guitar are: E, A, D, G, B, and E.

Where is Conjunto Norteño music from?

Conjunto Norteño music is native to the Mexican states of Sonora, Chihuahua, Coahula and Nuevo Leon. Norteño music developed from a blending of Mexican and Spanish oral and musical traditions, military brass band instrumentation, and Germanic musical styles such as polka and waltz. European immigrants to northern Mexico and the southwestern United States also brought dance traditions such as the varsovienne. The focus on the accordion in the music of their home countries was integrated into Mexican music, and the instrument is essential in the genre today. It was called norteño because it was most popular in the northern regions of Mexico.

Famous Conjunto Norteño Groups
  • Los Tigres Del Norte
  • Conjunto Primavera