Stringed Things: RONROCO




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Published on Mar 16, 2017

RONROCO: A mandolin-like instrument of the Andean regions (essentially a baritone or bass charango), invented by Gonzalo & Wilson Hermosa González, of the group Los Kjarkas. Originally its sound box was made from an armadillo shell; now it's typically made of wood. It has 10 nylon strings (five "double" courses) and is often heard in the music of Gustavo Santaolalla (Babel and The Motorcycle Diaries film scores, among others). My Ronroco is currently in D4-D3, G4-G3, B3-B3, E4-E4, B3-B3 tuning (not the same as Gustavo's "Argentinian" tuning). I'm using white Aquila 3CH strings (except for the one "black" string--long story!), which RULE!

Lamely, I'm not 100% "used" to the "octave double courses as melody strings," and am pulling the fourth course (strings 7-8) a little sharp (towards the ground) in spots--please forgive! Performance-wise, it's also somewhat dynamically flat, but a fun li'l "etude" of a piece :-) A solid minute of speedily flowing arpeggio fun! Enjoy!

Song: "Bolivian Cascade"
© Dale Turner 2017


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