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Sunday, June 26, 2016

Time for Some Cool Bandurria Music and Philippine Folk Dances

It had been 3 digits temperature here in Northern California the last couple of days. No cooling off is expected in the next 4 days. So, It is time for some cool bandurria music and some Pinoy Folk dances.
Philippine National Folk Dance

Have you heard of bandurria? The bandurria is a plucked chordophone from Spain, similar to the mandolin, primarily used in Spanish folk music, but also found in countries that were once colonies of Spain.

Prior to the 18th century, the bandurria had a round back, similar or related to the mandore. It had become a flat-backed instrument by the 18th century, with five double courses of strings, tuned in fourths. The original bandurrias of the Medieval period had three strings. During the Renaissance they gained a fourth string. During the Baroque period the bandurria had 10 strings.

The modern bandurria has 12 strings (6 pairs). The strings are tuned in unison pairs, going up in fourths from the low G#. The lowest four strings are a major-third above those of a standard guitar and the highest two strings are a fourth above a standard guitar, i.e. G♯, c♯, f♯, b, e and a( From Wikipedia).

Here's a collection of Philippine Folk Dance music with the Bandurria ( Rondalla) music with Amorsolo's Paintings in the background. Enjoy!

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