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Los Camperos de Valles demonstrate the instrumental and vocal techniques of son huasteco

Mexico's son huasteco music is characterized by its three instruments and falsetto vocal techniques. The huapanguera or guitarra quinta, a deep-bodied guitar with five courses of strings, provides the lower sound that serves as the rhythmic foundation. On top of the huapanguera is the jarana huasteca, a smaller instrument with five strings. Soaring above the interplay of the rhythm section is the unmistakable sound of the Huastecan-style violin, which is responsible for the melody. The seemingly impossible high falsetto voice lends the son huasteco its most distinctive sound and feel. [Catalog No. - CFV10074; Copyright - 2007 Smithsonian Institution]
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