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Published on Oct 30, 2013
Indigenous instruments of Mexico - improvisation/demonstration SPECIAL THANKS to Joseph Julian Gonzalez for filming in his studio between takes of recordings for his MISA AZTECA
INSTRUMENT NAMES in English, Spanish, Nahuatl and Maya
English - Fresh water Turtle shells Spanish - Caparazon Nahuatl - Ayotapalcatl or Ayotapalcatl Ayotl is the word for turtle NOT turtle shell Mayan - Aak traditionally these are played with deer antlers
ADDITIONAL INFO CAN BE FOUND HERE http://christophergarciamusic.weebly.... * was recently at a library and found a note in regards to the Ayotl in a book printed 1920's "people mistakenly play the shell as a drum, it is actually scraped with a deer antler, much like a guiro or a scraper" i.e., there are many different ways to play an instrument but this was the first written documentation to specifically describe how the instrument was played"
English - Stones Spanish - Piedras Nahuatl - Tetl, tehuehuetl traditionally these are played with smooth river rocks
The tlapan huehuetl is currently played with sticks of various weights sizes and types of wood in danza circles. It is interesting to note that several of the codices do not show the huehuetl being played with sticks at all, but with bare hands and there is written documentation of as many as ten huehuetl players accompanying singers in ancient times, i.e, they were not playing with sticks
when, how and why did this change? we may never know
There is also written documentation of Nezahualcoyotl wearing a huehuetl around his neck and striking before going into battle What type of huehuetl and what size and what it was made of is conjecture on our part
The instruments would traditionally be played by one person per instrument. Over the years I have been able to learn the parts and play 2 sometimes 3 parts depending on the situation, i.e., there were no other drummers available.
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