In this video, Lydian performs with the estudiantina group in Guanajuato, Mexico. She decided she wanted to join this group a few months ago and since that time she’s been slowly working on songs. The song list is long and she’s not really very familiar with very many of the them except “De Colores”. All of the lyrics are in Spanish and when the “Profe” (the professor) gives her a new song to learn, he gives her the key according to the “do, re, mi, fa, so, etc.” scale instead of using a letter and then “major or minor”. So, Lydian has said that it’s like she not only has to learn a new language to communicate, but that the music is also “in a different language”. In this video, the young man next to her oriented himself so that Lydian could see which chords he was playing so that she could try to follow along and learn new songs on the fly (which is how they do things ongoing with all the group members because there’s so much material to learn). Unfortunately, the guy who was helping Lydian was left-handed and (later) she told us that he also seemed to have the guitar tuned upside down, Jimi-Hendrix style. The Profe told her that the callejoneada performance each night is changed “on the fly” depending on the mood of the audience and that she’ll have to learn to take cues from the MC to figure out which songs are coming next as the callejoneadas move through the back alleys in Guanajuato. Needless to say, it’s a challenge to memorize the all the new songs in Spanish. Every night she goes out to do the callejoneadas is a new adventure!
Los estudiantinas interpretan una callejoneada en Guanajuato, Mexico.