Joropo Corrio: Rhythm 3×4

The rhythm being explained in this lesson is a Joropo following a rhythm of 3×4. This rhythm consists of 6 strums within the bar itself. The rhythm follows the illustrated pattern below:

Rhythm of Joropo Corrio

Ritmo Joropo Llanero

Check out the explaination provided by profesor Adrian Toro in the video below. The chords being made use of within his demonstration are C, G and D7.

Joropo 3×4


“The Joropo 3×4 which we will be reviewing consists of 6 strums within each bar. This means that the playing hand will ascend and descend for a total of 6 times. For example, 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6 would form one bar. So, each bar which corresponds to every chord marked should have include these 6 strums in order to play a Joropo Corrio or a Joropo 3×4. What makes it a Joropo 3×4 is that the frenado is being marked on the 3rd strum and then the next frenado being marked on the 6th strum. This means that we would do the folling:

  1. Downward Strum
  2. Upward Strum
  3. Downward Frenado
  4. Upward Strum
  5. Downward Strum
  6. Upward Frenado

If we were to numerate them then it would be: 1 – 2 – 3 – 4 – 5 – 6. So to recap, on the 3rd and 6th strums will need to be frenados. Ok, now lets play this a bit more loosly.

Now, once we have completed the 6 strums of each bar, you will be able to change the chords being marked. The chords which we are making use of are G major, C major and D7. The progression of Joropo dictates that playing D7 consists of 2 bars. This means that 1 bar for G majro, 1 bar for C major and 2 bars for D7. When we have finished the 6 strums within the bar, you should change immediately to the next chord where you will begin to play another bar consisting of 6 strums. For each chord change you should play a new bar.

Let us start off by playing it slowly to help you practice.

That was the rhythm follows the progression of the Joropo Corrio. The progression is the tonic, 4th and the 5th but being marked as a 7th. We will be referring to these as numbers, being 1 for the tonic 4 for the 4th and 5 for the 5th. Now let us play this with a bit more speed, when you play make sure that you keep your hands loose and always think of an up – down motion with of course keeping mind the frenados.”

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