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The Mejoranera


[View of a mejoranera]

View of a mejoranera


[Little horse is the name of the part used to tie the strings.]

Little horse is the name of the part used to tie the strings.


[The neck of a mejoranera is very short in comparison of the guitar's one.]

The neck of a mejoranera is very short in comparison of the guitar's one.


[Head of the mejoranera. It only has anchors for five strings.]

Head of the mejoranera. It only has anchors for five strings.


[Backview of the mejoranera]

Backview of the mejoranera


[These parts are used to tie the strings in the head area of the mejoranera.]

These parts are used to tie the strings in the head area of the mejoranera.


By:

Marino Jaén Espinosa
2007-03-26

The mejoranera is the most recognizable musical instrument from Panama. It is a small guitar with only five string.

It is played for acompanying the sung verses known as mejorana or decimas.

The mejoranera is completely handmade. The materials include several type of exotic, precious woods common in Panamanian tropical rainforests.


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