· Of the most traditional song
forms from the mariachi genre.
· “Jarabe” in spanish means “syrup” and
probably refers to the “mixture” of meters within one jarabe.
Typically, a jarabe will go from a 6/8 to others sections with 3/4, 2/4,
return to 6/8 and end in another meter.
· Although today the jarabes are instrumental songs only, it is
said that the jarabe is a medley of favorite regional sones and canciones
of their era. Many jarabes have a town or area in the name, i.e. “Jarabe
Tapatío” (“Tapatío” is something or someone
from the city of Guadalajara)that identifies which region it is from.
· Traditionally performed with dancers.
· The 6/8 rhythmic pattern is a constant pattern with no contratiempos
as in the son jaliscience.