Cuban Guiro is a long, dried and hollowed out gourd corrugated
on its face. It seems to be of Bantù (Congolese) origin,
but traces of a similar instrument can be found into the Indo-Cuban
The Guiro is played by scraping
the corrugated surface with a thin stick held in the
right hand. Left hand hold the guiro by placing the thumb
into the hole cut which is in the back.
Typical guiro technique consists of short
and long sound. This effect is obtained by varying the duration
and lenght of the stroke.
For long sound right hand strokes with a brief downward motion
the bottom of the guiro and immediately after scrapes upward
the whole surface. Short sounds are short strokes played near
the top with an up and down motion.
For faster tempos help your right hand by
using left hand with an opposite movement (one hand moves
down and the other moves up).
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