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Musician Rafael Manriques discusses the origins and construction of the charango. Originally from Bolivia, it also features in the folk music of Chile, Peru and Argentina. Its bright tone means it is often used as a solo instrument in an ensemble.
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10 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

This clip would be useful as a starting point for studying the variations in strumming styles for fretted instruments across different cultures. Compare the playing in this clip with Flamenco, Ukulele (George Formby-style) and contemporary folk rock music.

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