A Folk Instruments Orchestra
A Puerto Rican Orquesta Jíbara was traditionally composed of the native string instruments of Puerto Rico: the tiple, the cuatro and the bordonúa. These instruments were made from native woods using a peculiar technique of carving the body and neck out of a solid chunk of wood.
The tiple is a five-stringed [sometimes five double strings] instrument about the size of a Hawaiian ukulele. There were three common types of tiples: the tiple doliente, tiple requinto, and tiple macho or tiple grande. In modern times, the tiple doliente is the only one still being played, and the instrument is commonly tuned in fourths from high to low: C, G, D, A, and E.