Around The World - Italy

by Sinisa Cekic

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  • Hi GMC!

    Today's excursion is particularly exciting and unusual guys, so try to behave nice (and with a dose of caution)!

    Sicillia , Italy ...

    Sicilian Tarantella

    The Tarantella is a lively dance form that originated in Italy. Tarantella, literally translated means *tarantula* (spider), and many believe the dance originated as a way to sweat out the poison of a tarantula bite. There are many folk dances but the tarantella is iconic, instantly recognizable as an image of Italian culture.

    This kind of music is a rapid score characterized by brief, repetitive phrases, which escalate in intensity. Music features a very quick tempo, and is generally written in 6/8 time.

    The music features flourishes such as triplets and rapid key changes and modulations, which give it a fast, almost rushed, feel.

    This dance relies on the mandolin, which is a small guitar-type instrument.
    Following instruments are used in a Tarantella: guitars, mandolins, shepherds flute or Friscalettu, mouth drums or Marranzanu, Tamborins, Accordions and Okarins...

    Guitar: Yamaha APX 5

    Equipment: Sonar8 DAW, Guitar Rig5 plugin,Addictive drums

    Tempo: 150 bpm

    Signature: 6/8

    Chord progression: A,D,F#7,Bm

    Scale used: A major natural,A minor natural

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