Category: bandola


The Plectro Trio from Colombia – Bandola, Tiple and…

Plectro Trio – Colombian Andean Music

The Plectro Trio was founded in 2001. It plays typical Colombian Andean Music with bandola, tiple and guitar. There are many videos with great music by the Plectro Trio.

The colombian bandola is similar to the bandurria of Spain. it has 6 courses with each two or three strings, with a total of 12 or more typical 16 strings. The colombian tiple is shaped like a guitar and has 4 courses with 10 strings.

You can find detailed information about the colombian bandola nad the colombian tiple in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments:

Flor De Romero Performed by Plectro Trio

Colombian- Bambuco Performed by Plectro Trio- Composer Alvaro Romero Sanchez at the Encuentro de musicos Colombianos en New York

Playlist with videos of the Plectro Trio

Find more videos of the  Plectro Trio from Colombia :

More Information

Homepage of the Plectro Trio:

Homepage Javier Andres Mesa Martinez (Bandola, Bass, Web Design) :

Homepage with sheet music by the  Plectro Trio and other groups: solo, duo, trio and orchestra pieces:

The majority of these pieces originally composed for ANDEAN COLOMBIAN TRIO by Maestro JAIME ROMERO, have been awarded first place in competitions such as MONO NUÑEZ, COOTRAFA and FESTIVAL DEL PASILLO in Aguadas, Colombia since 1988.

The most outstanding ensembles such as TRIO PALOSANTO, CROMATICO, ESPIRITU COLOMBIANO, PLECTRO TRIO and CUATROPALOS QUARTET among others, have won first prize and/or recorded his themes.

In order to promote Colombian folklore, all these pieces of COLOMBIAN MUSIC for BANDOLA, TIPLE and GUITAR are completly free!. All these themes are duly COPYRIGHT protected and can be freely played for non-commercial activities, otherwise you need to get written permission from the author in order to record or play his music for commercial purposes.

Listen to the complete works for guitar in MIDI, MP3 and WAVE formats and download the scores in PDF format.

Altas of Plucked Instruments:


Estudiantina de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira – Bandola…

Today I want to present an orchestra from Kolombia – the Estudiantina de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira. In the spanish speaking countries most universities have tunas or estudiantinas – music ensembles that play plucked instruments like bandola, bandurria, mandolin and guitars and sing.

The videos by the Estudiantina de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira show some interesting and well arranged orchestra pieces.

The main instrument is the colombian bandola, an instrument similar to the spanish bandurria but typically with 16 strings in 6 courses. You can find miore about the colombian bandola in the Atlas of Plucked Instruments:

Enjoy the videos of the Estudiantina de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira!

Fantasia Sobre Motivos Colombianos

Estudiantina Sinapsis Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira
Tema: Fantasía sobre motivos Colombianos
Compositor: Pedro Morales Pino
Arreglos: Germán Posada

La partida (Vals venezolano)

Arreglos: Diego Fernando Sanchez

Presentación de la estudiantina de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira en el Concurso Nacional del Bambuco Luis Carlos González. Noviembre 2 / 2008

Preludio Gm

Estudiantina Sinapsis Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira
Tema: Preludio en GM
Compositor: Sergei Rachmaninoff
Arreglos: Germán Posada

More videos with the  Estudiantina de la Universidad Tecnológica de Pereira:

More Information

youtube channel:

The following video show some other colombian estudiantinas from a national meeting of estudiantinas:



The Ensemble Percujazz from Venezuela – With Bandola and…

Today I have searched for new videos from Venezuela with bandola llanera or cuatro – and during this search I have found some videos of an ensemble named Percujazz.

Percujazz is composed of five young musicians, with the typical venezuelan instruments bandola llanera, cuatro and maracas aswell as violin and electric bass.

The ensemble has first met during the Barquisimeto International Jazz Festival where important jazz musicians played, including the famous Alexis Cardenas on violin.

They have created their own style from venezoelan music, lantin american music and jazz – a great mix of rhythms ond styles.

  • Roberto Perez de Guanare, Bandola Llanera.
  • Argenis Corvo, E-Bass
  • Erickson Barquisimeto Escalona, Violine
  • Rafael Marchan, Cuatro
  • Sergio Escobar Maracas, Percussion

Percujazz en Concierto: “Bossa Nova para Bandola”

I have composed a playlist with the videos by the Ensemble Percujazz:

Playlist Percujazz

More Information about the Ensemble Percujazz

Homepage of the Ensemble Percujazz:

Dossier about the ensemble Percujazz from their homepage –  google translation to english:


The Bandola Llanera * Plucked Instruments from Venezuela *…

There are several instruments in Venezuela and Columbia named bandola, the bandola llanera is the most popular of those.

The bandola llanera has 4 strings – usually made from nylon like the strings of a classical guitar. It looks like a pearshaped guitar, at the first sight it looks quite strange and unusual. The instrument is played with a pick, and it sounds a little bit like a Spanish flamenco guitar. The players seem to try to play it loud, and usually do not try to produce a clean and sweet sound. But this is right for the kind of music played on the bandola llanera. This music goes back to the music of Sapin in the 16th and 17th century and has been further developed in Venezuela.

In the Atlas of Plucked Instruments – Venezuela you can find a description and pictures, a longer article in Spanish language is available here: La Bandola

The different instruments named bandola:


Atlas of stringed instuments: The 4 nylon strings are often tuned : a d’ a’ e”. describes two different tunings, a d’ a’ e” and also g d’ a’ e”, the second tuning is the same as the tuning of a mandolin or violin, the first hast just changed the lowes string from g to a

Wikipedia Stinged Instruments Tunings: A3 D4 F4 B3 ???? is this also used as a tuning???

Dolmetsch Online: (English, German f.) the Venezuelan bandola is similar to the cuatro, but is shorter, often pear-shaped, and more percussive or stronger-sounding due to the manner in which it is played, with a plastic pick. The bandola is strung differently in different regions of the country, but, in general, has four courses of strings

Saúl Vera

Saúl Vera is one of the important players of the bandola llanera, his ensemble has existed for more than 18 years now.


There you can find the following passage:

A beautiful instrument and living reminder of the 16th century, the
bandola llanera joins the cuatro as a defining element of Venezuelan
music. Since the Ensemble’s inception in 1986, Saul Vera has explored
various themes in his musical work with the bandola, allowing audiences to
enjoy the pleasures of his remarkable technique as well as gain an
understanding of the instrument’s cultural value.

An older video – Saúl Vera shows the bandola llanera and how it is played:

You can see that Saúl Vera is using an instrument with a special cutaway, to be able to better reach the higher frets.

Another video with a duo with two bandolas llaneras:

Saul Vera y Tomasito Orellana

Read more “The Bandola Llanera * Plucked Instruments from Venezuela * Saúl Vera / Ricardo Sandoval”