View Full Version : anyone play a charango ?

Pukulele Pete
05-14-2011, 05:13 AM
I've been wondering about these instuments. Does anyone here play one? Is it a pain to tune? Does it use steel strings or can you use nylon? Looks like it might be a fun instument. I wonder if there is a charango underground ? I'll have to do more research. Thanks for any help.

05-14-2011, 05:18 AM
If I could ever find and afford one made from an real Armadillo, I sure would learn. I been wanting one of those ever since I seen one.. Cool instruments...

05-14-2011, 06:59 AM
I have one made from all wood. It is nylon strings and it is not bad to tune. It is tuned in pairs G C E A E, with the middle E in octaves. Beautiful full sound, bt very precious few learning resources in English. I would love to play like "Charango Ninja" on YouTube, but I am worse on Charango than I am on the Uke.

05-14-2011, 07:48 AM
I have one from Potosí, Bolívia, with an armadillo on the back of carved yellow wood.
I think quite hard to play, even if the pitch looks like a ukulele. The neck is wide, and the strings are always made ​​of nylon, specific charangos.

05-14-2011, 03:04 PM
Fabioponta is right. The Charango is exceedingly difficult to play. I do not enjoy it as much as my Ukes.

05-14-2011, 08:42 PM
Scientists have recently isolated the DNA in a specific variant of leprosy to the kind carried by armadillos (http://www.cnn.com/2011/HEALTH/04/27/armadillos.spreading.leprosy/index.htm). People with this genetic variant of leprosy have handling armadillos or eating their meat (http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/28/health/28leprosy.html) in common in a large proportion of the people with the disease.

I no longer have any affinity whatsoever for armadillos.

05-15-2011, 02:15 AM
That was on an episode of Royal Pains!!!