Cajón de tapeo

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Cajón de tapeo, guitar and vihuela

The cajón de tapeo, tapeador, cajón de tamboreo or Mexican cajon is a wood box drum traditional to southern Mexico. It is played by slapping the top face with a piece of wood in one hand, and a bare hand. It was developed as a substitute of the tarima de baile of Oaxaca and Guerrero. It usually follows 3/4 and 6/8 time signatures. In 1962, musicologist E. Thomas Stanford made a description of its use in Jamiltepec, Oaxaca.

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  • Chamorro, Arturo (1984). Los Instrumentos De Percusión En México. México: Colegio de Michoacán. ISBN 978-968-7230-02-3. 
  • Atlas Cultural de México. Música. México: Grupo Editorial Planeta. 1988. ISBN 968-406-121-8.  |first1= missing |last1= in Authors list (help)
  • Stanford, Thomas (1962). Datos sobre la música y danzas de Jamiltepec, Oaxaca. INAH. 

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