Ancient Music

The Taropatch


    The Taropatch is a slightly larger version of the Ukelele, tuned to the same four notes as the Ukelele (my dog has fleas). The name (sometimes seen as the "Taropatch Fiddle"), implies that it was popularized by farmers in the taro-root fields of the Hiwaian islands. The principle difference lies in having steel strings instead of nylon, and having two strings per note instead of one.

    The different stringing gives it a sharper, louder voice and over time it has become the principle instrument for the style of Hiwaian music called Slack Key music.

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