Course: Learn to Play Parang with the cuatro

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The Joropo Estribillo is a special rhythm used on  many songs where a 3/4 strum is mixed with a 6/8 strum.

The “Estribillo” consist of two different parts:

  • 1st Part of the Song: Joropo 3/4 verses normally repeated twice
  • 2nd Part of the Song: Joropo 6/8 where an improv occurs (estribillo)

Be sure to dominate the normal Joropo before trying Estribillo! You will requiere to be very proficient here as the two rhythms together are a challenge.

The Estribillo would be the third and last variation of Joropo that we’re going to see in this course.

Joropo 3/4

As we already saw in the last lesson, the measure of the most basic Joropo is composed of 6 strums where the third and sixth ones are Frenados, as demonstrated in the following arrow diagram:


Remember that your right hand will need to do the following:

  1. Strum down
  2. Strum up
  3. Frenado down
  4. Strum up
  5. Strum down
  6. Frenado up

Joropo 6/8 (Estribillo)

The Estribillo Part requires you to play a Joropo that is little bit different.  First it is written in 6/8 instead of 3/4 and secondly we will start with a frenado down instead of a strum down.  See the following diagram:


On the Estribillo part your right hand will need to do the following:

  1. Frenado down
  2. Strum up
  3. Strum down
  4. Frenado up
  5. Strum down
  6. Strum up

As you can see the main difference is where if we start with a frenado or with a strum, and later the rhythm will follow the same pattern (one frenado, two strums, one frenado, two strums)

Now let’s see how to play that new Joropo Estribillo in 6/8. The following video will show you exactly what to do to be able to play it with your cuatro:

Joropo Estribillo Demonstration

Practice this new Joropo version as it will be one of the rhythms that you will need to demonstrate on your first quiz.  Later we will use it to sing some nice Parang Songs that use the Estribillo form.

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