These strums are defined below with the arrows illustrated. You will find these arrows as you continue with the lessons and familiarize yourself with the rhythms.
The descending & ascending strums are found within all rhythms in Venezuela and in most international forms of music. They are fundamental to learn how to play string instruments. The accented strum, in it’s most basic form, helps us diversify and give a special touch to any given rhythm. This accented strum can be performed with all fingers in the playing hand. There are several kinds such as the “floreo” which can be seen in other lessons as you progress.
The Venezuelan Cuatro has 3 basic forms of strumming with the playing hand necessary for all cuatristas. These should be dominated with perfection. Learn which these strums are and play them with your cuatro.