Because I love music, a lot of musicians end up in my novels. In MARIACHI MURDER, Andy Veracruz is a band leader in Southern California… until he really gets into trouble!

Mariachi?

Since Mariachi Murder came out, a lot of readers have asked just what a mariachi is. That’s a good question, especially in the current economical climate. What a mariachi should include are the following instruments: guitarron (like a string bass except that it’s easier to carry), vihuela (looks like a mandolin), violin (3), trumpet (2). A big group might also have a guitar and a harp.

No matter what the cheap restaurant owner tells you, if the group doesn’t have four musicians, it’s not really a mariachi. Both rhythm instruments are crucial because one has the downbeat and one has the upbeat. Both violin and trumpet are crucial as well. On many songs, the two instruments answer one another. Other times they play harmonies.

Lately I haven’t gotten to play many gigs in Tucson because the restaurant owners don’t have enough money to pay a group on a steady basis. Sometimes we get calls for house parties, but people want the smallest group possible. I realize music is a luxury, but it’s an important one. There’s nothing like a mariachi group to liven up a party. Whether the customers ask for dance music or sweet love songs, they’ll get a real treat–that is, as long as they’ve hired a real mariachi!

Are you ready to hire a mariachi for your next party? You’ll have an unforgettable evening… and so will your neighbors!

 

 

 

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