Pandero Jarocho
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Pandero Jarocho
Pandero jarocho
Other names
  • Pandero octagonal
  • Pandero tlacotalpeño
Classification Frame drum
Hornbostel-Sachs classification211.3

The pandero jarocho, pandero octagonal or pandero tlacotalpeño is a kind of tambourine typical of the Mexican state of Veracruz. It is octagonal in shape, ringed with eight jangling metal disks, and with an animal skin stretched over one side. The most common methods of playing are two: one, by alternately tapping the skin with the thumb and forefinger, jangling the disks and creating a dull beat on the skin; two, by running the outstretched thumb over the skin near the perimeter of the frame.


  • David Whitmer (2005). Traditional Music from Mexico: Son Jarocho de Tlacotalpan (Media notes). ARC Music. OCLC 73439347. EUCD 1966.
  • Chamorro, Arturo (1984). Los Instrumentos de Percusión en México. México: Colegio de Michoacán. ISBN 978-968-7230-02-3. OCLC 637786031.
  • INAH (1988). Contreras Arias, Juan Guillermo, ed. Atlas Cultural de México, Vol. 10: Música (in Spanish). México: Grupo Editorial Planeta. ISBN 968-406-121-8.

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