Joropo Corrio: Rhythm 3×4

Course: Dominate the rhythm of Vals Pasaje and Vals Criollo



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

Rhythm of Joropo Corrio


Check out the explanation provided by professor Adrian Toro in the video below. The chords being made use of within his demonstration are C Major, G Major, and D7, which are depicted below.

C Major

 G Major



Joropo 3×4 Demonstration


“The Joropo 3×4 which we will be reviewing consists of 6 strums within each measure. 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 measure. So, each measure that corresponds to every chord marked should have included 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 following:

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

If we were to enumerate 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 let’s play this a bit more loosely.

Now, once we have completed the 6 strums of each measure, 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 measures. This means that 1 measure for G major, 1 measure for C major and 2 measures for D7. When we have finished the 6 strums within the measure, you should change immediately to the next chord where you will begin to play another measure consisting of 6 strums. For each chord change, you should play a new measure.

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

That was the rhythm that 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 to 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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