Puerto Rican Guiro

Puerto Rican Guiro

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This musical instrument from Puerto Rico, known as a guiro, was made from a hollow gourd with carved ridges along the side. It was played by running a drumstick or metal tined fork, called a scrapper, across the ridges which creates a grating sound used to create rhythms in many types of Caribbean music. The instrument kept the rhythm for the entire band to follow.
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Gift of Teodoro Vidal
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National Museum of American History
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