There is only one tone quality for mariachi music and I love it. It doesn't work well for any other kind of music though.
The Mexican sound is true music to my ears!
Here's a place with some good Mariachi materials: looks like the CD sets have switched to downloads now, and the books are probably buried elsewhere in the site, but the "Play Along..." series are good:
Mariachi and latin music play alongs, sing alongs and sheet music.
Vintage Olds and Reynolds and Selmers, yes sir, yes sir, two gazoos full.
Aubertins, Bessons, Calicchios, Courtois, Wild Things, Marcinkiewicz, Ogilbee Thumpet, DeNicola Puje, Kanstuls, etc.
Great site thanks for sharing.
Oh wow, what a misunderstanding.
I've been reading past this thread for some time, now, thinking the title was referring to "the" Mariachi Brass". So my answer to how to get the Mariachi brass sound is to take a bunch of crappy songs, arrangements that square-peg round holes and add a (sometimes) disassociated soloist and there you have it.
*I take it back, (kind of). When I first heard these recordings years ago, in contrast to what the Tijuana Brass and Chet Baker (separately) could do when left to their own, the Mariachi Brass w/ Chet was a pale copy. But I almost hate to admit it, I've now been listening to some other cuts and find myself tapping my toes - clunky rhythm section notwithstanding, and digging some of Chet's playing. Oh well . . .
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If you guys want mariachi sheet music try todomariachi.com that site has a huge library!
I heard a live Mariachi band in a restaurant in Arlington, Virginia (The El Paso Café - spectacular food for anyone here in the region who might be interested) and I was actually surprised by the trumpet player's sound. Not only was it not overly bright, I thought he had a really nice tone that trended toward dark. What made the sound though was the articulation and vibrato. The articulation was extremely light, crisp and short - almost exaggeratedly so - but without losing tone and without being harsh, and any note held for any length of time had a lot of vibrato.
I don't know if this guy was typical of the Mariachi sound, because I'm not too well versed on the subject or the genre, but I felt that it worked really well. This guy was a pretty danged solid trumpet player IMO.
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