Cuban Instruments

The first thing to understand about the Cuban tres is that it is a rhythm instrument. Even though it looks like a guitar, the actual playing of it is rhythmic with melodic lines. Chords are seldom “strummed”, and in many styles the Cuban tres strengthens the melody line a 3rd or a 6th above with rhythmic fills in between.
Son and Son Montuno are basically the same thing. The main difference is that the Son does not have two distinct sections. Like most modern music, there are many exceptions and sometimes there is no clear defining style. There are still rules and standard patterns though. If you learn these basic standard patterns that the Cuban tres plays, you will be able to mix up the styles and create something unique. Just remember, on the Cuban tres, like any instrument, make sure you know and understand the rules before you break them! That means listen to a lot of Cuban music, especially music that features the Cuban tres.

He aquí algunos ejemplos más de diseños y piezas que servirían para el tres cubano.

La marímbula pertenece a la familia sanza cuyos orígenes están en la culturas del África Subsahariana bantú. Los instrumentos sanza producen el sonido punteando o percutiendo sobre las laminillas de metal. Los sanza también incluyen la calimba o piano de pulgar africano. A diferencia de la calimba, la marímbula se afina fácilmente, para darle un uso tanto armónico como rítmico.
Instrumento musical de origen cubano que se clasifica como idiófono de percusión directa. Se compone por dos palos independientes de madera, de forma cilíndrica. Para su ejecución se percute con uno de ellos sobre el otro.
The Marimbula belongs to sansa family of that originated from the Bantu cultures of sub-Saharan Africa. The sansa instruments create sound by plucking or striking the metal fingers. Sansas also include the Kalimba or African thumb piano. Unlike the Kalimba, the Marímbula can be easily tuned and therefore used harmonically as well as rhythmically.