2nd Position in D Major

Course: Mosaic of Rhythms

Adriaan Van Nieuwkerk

Adriaan Van Nieuwkerk

Now…to move on to the second position of the Periquera in D Major. First and foremost, even though you have reviewed the previous lesson whereby you are able to take a closer look a the progression, here it is once more so that you can keep it in mind:

Periquera Progression Illustration

Progression Periquera

Now, keeping in mind the same progression and essentially the same notes, let us transfer them into different positions. By doing this, you will notice how we will be making use of different figures. For example, D Major in it’s second position is using the figure of B Major in it’s first. A7 in it’s second position is making use of the figure of G7 in it’s first. Whenever exploring different positions of chords, keep in mind the figures they make so that you can then apply the same figures to other chords along the fretboard of the Cuatro.

D Major 2nd Position

B Major 1st Position

Now, let’s take a look at the Periquera in it’s second position following the exact progression within the illustration.

Periquera Demonstration D Major 2nd Position

 Chords Used In Demonstration


When making reference to differences between basic and intermediate levels, we often refer to the fluidity with which one plays as well as applying the knowledge of the different notes along the fretboard. This way a student will play a regular chord corresponding to the progression and adding a note to enhance the chord slightly. The previous demonstration plays the Periquera with the chords as they are in their most simple form. Within this intermediate demonstration, you will be exposed to those very same chords, but with variations through adding additional notes. This is what gives a great ring to the songs and enhances them even more.


Periquera Demonstration: 2nd Position in D Major – Intermediate

Make sure you properly master these progressions and be aware of the notes played in the intermediate version. For the intermediate version, try to interpret the additional notes being played using the progression of the Periquera and the previously mentioned chords as an indication. The intermediate level of the progression can be considered as a self study and self exploration exercise as this too is of utmost importance whilst studying the Cuatro and any musical instrument. Next comes the advanced version and for this you will need to count on the agility of your fingers…..especially a since there is a good chance that you will run out of space on the fretboard!

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