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Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples

13 Mar 99 - 01:53 AM (#62775)
Subject: Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples
From: katlaughing

have been meaning to start this on ronrocos anyway; didn't want it to get lost in the original tipples thread so...hope catspaw & the rest take the bait and read this.

I have a fantastic cd on right now called "Ronroco" from Nonesuch records. On it is all original music as played by the Argentinian composer, Gustavo Santaolalla. I first heard it on NPR. The ronroco is the main instrument he plays. It sounds a little like a mando and uke and is the MOST BEAUTIFUL (this is for Catspaw, "F"ing)thing I've ever heard!

On the cover photo, it looks like what you all describe as a tipple; 5 double strings, body like a ukele though, not a baritone size. To see a picture, go to Yahoo, type in ronroco and you should get a site to click on with charango and ronroco in the title, sorry I didn't write it down.

Anyway, if this is any indication of what a tipple CAN sound like, I would humbly ask you all to give it a listen...maybe the much-maligned tipple would enjoy a renaissance?

Oh, and for any of you who like to play instrumental music on your uke or mandos, this guy's compositions are incredibly beautiful, worth a look at.



13 Mar 99 - 02:00 AM (#62777)
Subject: RE: Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples
From: katlaughing

here's some more info:


The traditional music is characterized by the use of the charango, a small 10-stringed instrument that appeared in Bolivia in the 17th century. Fashioned after the Spanish vihuela, it predates the guitar. Charangos are typically made with an armadillo shell for the back of the sound box, though recent concerns about the extinction of that species has made the use of wood more popular.

Continuing with the family tradition of wind instruments, charangos come in various sizes: charango (24 inches), ronroco ( 30 inches), and walaycho (19 inches). The charango is complemented by the Spanish (nylon string) guitar. Certain regions of the Andes are well known for the use of the harp, violin, mandolin, cuatro, tiple, etc. Contemporary music may use the double bass, electric bass, or electric guitar.

Last change: Jan. 3, 1996

10 May 99 - 07:41 PM (#77321)
Subject: RE: Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples
From: Mark Roffe

Hey laughing one, See, I took your directions from the other Tipple thread and mosied on over here!

10 May 99 - 08:32 PM (#77335)
Subject: RE: Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples
From: katlaughing

Good on you!!! Roffing one! I WAS surprised to see this. Thanks!

10 May 99 - 08:38 PM (#77343)
Subject: RE: Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples
From: Banjer

Kat, I took the bait, as you hoped, and I've gotta know...."those of you that like to play INSTUMENTAL music"..???? I find it difficult to play music without an instrument, ???

BTW, I didn't see any direction in the other thread, I just saw this new title with the word "tiple" in it and knew someone was up to no good!!!

10 May 99 - 09:02 PM (#77346)
Subject: RE: Ronrocos, Charangos & Tipples
From: katlaughing

Ah, shucks, Banj, ya got me! OW! What I meant, I'm sure Your Fascetiousness knows, was non-vocal music, but you're right, the voice being an instrument and all! AArrgggghhhhh!