Comparison with Other Bandolas

Thanks to this segundeo technique, the Bandola Llanera, poor in sustain because of having nylon strings, now can maintain a rich volume and intensity. The Bandolas of other regions (Bandola Oriental, Central and Guayanesa) with double courses have good sustain and therefore do not need this technique. Especially the Bandola Guayanesa (Guayanese Bandola) with steel strings is played in a style which capitalizes on its long durable sound.

Bandola Oriental & Central

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A Bandola Oriental built by Chikon Hau (4 double courses of nylon strings)

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A Bandola Central built by Edgar Ramírez Roa (4 double course of steel strings)

In the following video, the same melody is being played comparatively with a Bandola Llanera and a Central. Listen carefully to the similarities and differences between the two instruments.

Bandola Llanera VS Bandola Central Central

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