Bolero Rhythm with Maracas

The bolero rhythm is played using 4/4 and the maracas should execute 4 accents per bar. Theoretically, this rhythm can be played with 4 descending accents which can be done as follows:

  1. Right hand downwards
  2. Left hand downwards
  3. Right hand downwards
  4. Left hand downwards

If we play it in this way, it will sound rather general. So, to play the bolero rhythm we will do it in the following way:

Right Hand:

  • Down
  • Down
  • Up and Down

Left Hand:

  • Wait
  • Wait
  • Up and Down
  • Down

Then play 4 simple accents:

  • Right hand down
  • Left hand down
  • Right hand down
  • Left hand down

Once you have learned how to play this in a low tempo, following the most recent video, we invite you to practice this rhythm with a higher tempo, just as is played in the next video.

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