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Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument

GUEST,Jim 25 Jan 09 - 02:37 PM
breezy 25 Jan 09 - 05:13 PM
Amos 25 Jan 09 - 05:32 PM
Jack Campin 25 Jan 09 - 07:26 PM
NormanD 26 Jan 09 - 09:47 AM
GUEST,Jim 26 Jan 09 - 10:35 AM
GUEST,Anonymous 27 Feb 10 - 03:21 AM
GUEST,Art 19 May 10 - 04:34 PM
GUEST 17 Jul 10 - 01:55 PM
GUEST,maribeth 22 Dec 14 - 08:41 AM
Roger the Skiffler 22 Dec 14 - 09:22 AM
GUEST,John Foxen 22 Dec 14 - 12:41 PM
GUEST,DonMeixner 23 Dec 14 - 09:15 AM
GUEST 23 Dec 14 - 10:17 AM
GUEST,Mila 31 Dec 15 - 06:06 PM
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Subject: Philippine Bandurria
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 02:37 PM

My son and his wife just got back from a month in the Philippines visiting her relatives and brought me back a bandurria as a Christmas gift. It is a 14 string mandolin-type instrument with the strings arranged in 6 courses with 1-2-2-3-3-3 courses bass to treble. I presently have it tuned one octave and two half steps higher than a guitar, but the proper tuning is F#-B-E-A-D-G according to the store where they bought it. I'd appreciate any information anyone has about this instrument, how it is played, the type of music in which it is used...

Thanks, Jim


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Subject: RE: Bandurria
From: breezy
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 05:13 PM

Tony Martin bought one in Barcelona at a workshop where they made them in 1967

Now isnt that interesting

He tuned it to guitar tuning so as he could play it using chords he knew

Then he probably hung it on the wall


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Subject: RE: Bandurria
From: Amos
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 05:32 PM

Tuning Chart for Bandurria et al.


Alternative tunings for the Bandurria

Description of the Phillipine Bandurria

According to the Museum of World music, the Spanish Bandurria migrated to the Phillipines during the Spanish imperial expansion in the colonial era (1500-1700).

"...Spanish empire in which included Mexico, Cuba, South America, and the Philippines. In which the bandurria ended up in its many formations. In which also the Philippine bandurria is still found and played today. This bandurria is used in Rondalla music being a folkoric music in which bandurria, octavina, mandolin, violin, harp or bass are sometimes played and sung to. Mostly this music is popular in Northern to Central Philippines. in Which the bandurria is made in a 12-string version of this instrument. in this case an 8-course instrument, each course having two strings.
Tuning of Philippine bandurria - F#, B, E, A, D, G."

Other links on the Filipino Bandurria can be found here.


A


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Subject: RE: Bandurria
From: Jack Campin
Date: 25 Jan 09 - 07:26 PM

The tuning is the same as a Puerto Rican cuatro but with the added F# or (less usefully) the same as modern Turkish straight-fourths ud tuning. Cuatro resources should help.


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Subject: RE: Bandurria
From: NormanD
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 09:47 AM

My friend plays a bandurria, or lute. I'll check the tuning he uses, and report back to you.


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Subject: RE: Bandurria
From: GUEST,Jim
Date: 26 Jan 09 - 10:35 AM

Thanks for the prompt replies. Nice links Amos.


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST,Anonymous
Date: 27 Feb 10 - 03:21 AM

a friend of mine let us borrow her 12-stringed Filipino bandurria. I'm really confused about how to tune it (I researched) because most websites say that the bandurria is a 14-stringed instrument and can be tuned multiple ways. However, I would really appreciate it if someone could tell me how to get this 12-stringed bandurria into the right, most common tuning. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instru
From: GUEST,Art
Date: 19 May 10 - 04:34 PM

I have a Filipino 14-String Bandurria and would like to know how to determine it's value. The nut and bridge is made of ivory and has what looks like a tortoiseshell pick-guard. There are no other markings to determine who made is other than a diamond(not sure if it's real) inlayed near the top. Sounds really good although the action needs a bit of improvement. Should I NOT sting it up so that it won't be damaged?
Thanks!
AE


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST
Date: 17 Jul 10 - 01:55 PM

Hi... I was playing bandurria when I was 9 to 12 years old, being a member of rondallia in elementary school.. WE are her in lawndale Ca.. and if you are close to us i am willing to teach you how to play that instrument.. Cebuanos in the Philippines are the ex[perts of making this instruments, I am not a cebuano, just to have a bit of information for you,,


Malou


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST,maribeth
Date: 22 Dec 14 - 08:41 AM

Ms.Malou if its not too much can you give me notes of the song/s you know in filipino bandurria?
Thank you


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: Roger the Skiffler
Date: 22 Dec 14 - 09:22 AM

I didn't know it was Filipino, I remember the Corries including it in their concerts.

Rts


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST,John Foxen
Date: 22 Dec 14 - 12:41 PM

To the best of my knowledge the bandurria is Andalucian - I bought mine in Granada some years ago. The tutor I got with it gave the tuning as G# then up in straight fourths - a tone higher than the F# tuning mentioned in this thread. However, without knowing about the Filipino tuning, I decided that an F# tuning made more sense for sessions where tunes are played mainly in G and D as you get a good run of two finger chords. In those keys.
I don't claim to be a good bandurria player but this is a sample of what can be done with it.
Pastre Pastresso


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST,DonMeixner
Date: 23 Dec 14 - 09:15 AM

Give a listen to Roy Williamson of The Corries. He played a Bandurria on many of the early recordings with Paddy Bell and Bill Smith. I believe he used one later on as well. A great gifted musician and writer from Scotland.

Don


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Dec 14 - 10:17 AM

Played in Portugal too?


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Subject: RE: Bandurria - Spanish/Philippine Stringed Instrument
From: GUEST,Mila
Date: 31 Dec 15 - 06:06 PM

Hi Malou, if you could share the notes for the banduria. I would like to try playing it.
Thanks
Mila


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