Pajarillo Progression

A Joropo Pajarillo is a very distinctive way of playing the Cuatro as it requires a subliminal combination of both speed and accuracy. If you were to practice this using a metronome to keep track of your tempo then we are talking about tempos of up to 160 and in some instances even more. We never encourage people to play at this speed until they are perfectly comfortable with the execution of the rhythm and especially since the friction of the frenados can put a lot of strain on your knuckles, so we will always recommend to start this off rather slowly.

The progression of the Joropo Pajarillo is as follows:

Im – IVm – V7 – V7

If we were to translate in terms of notes (and we will do so using G as an example), then this would look as follows:

Gm – Cm – D7 – D7

The progression can be applied for all keys depending. Both examples that we will provide in this lesson are relating to Joropo Pajarillo played in Gm. For your reference the rhythm being made use of is as follows:

Joropo Central

Joropo Central

Study both videos carefully whilst the professors provide a demonstration of a Joropo Pajarillo in Gm.

Joropo Pajarillo in Gm I

Joropo Pajarillo in Gm II

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