The Ranchera
· The popular ranchera are songs from the heart, singing about love for someone, lost love, patriotic love (both national and local), nature and environment, etc.
· The traditional ranchera can be 3/4, 2/4 or 4/4. Contemporary rancheras include compositions with a mixture of a single ranchera rhythm and a son jaliscience or huapango rhythms. (These can be referred to as “canciones”.)
· The ranchera is a simple song form with instrumental introduction, verse and/or refrain, return to the instrumental interlude, verse and/or refrain and tag ending. Majority in major keys.
· Each ranchera meter has a specific tradtional tag phrase ending and tag song form ending.
1. The 3/4 ranchera: The “Remate” (tag phrase ending)

2. The 3/4 tag ending:

3. The 3/4 ranchera tag ending (minor key):

4. The 2/4 ranchera: The “Remate #1”

5. The 2/4 ranchera: The “Remate #2”

· Many times, Remate #2 is immediately followed by Remate #1.

6. The 2/4 ranchera tag ending:

7. The 4/4 ranchera: one of many Remates

8. The 4/4 ranchera ending #1:

9. The 4/4 ranchera ending #2:



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