Joropo Central

Learn how to play the Joropo Central, a rhythm executed in 6 x 8 and requires a certain agility with the right hand when playing the Venezuelan Cuatro. The rhythm of Joropos Central is played in the following way:

Joropo Central

Each bar consists of 6 strums with the right hand on the Venezuelan Cuatro where the first strum is a “frenado” which is executed by muting the strings using your knuckles on your playing hand. This is a very important part of using the Cuatro so make sure that you follow the lessons on how to do so.

Joropo Central is typically played at a high tempo and it consists of the following pattern:

Joropo Central

As you practice and gain more confidence in maintaining the rhythm, you can then begin to skip certain parts of the bar, for example you can skip a strum and have it silent. This is all possible providing that you maintain the rhythm whilst playing.

First try and gain some more experience with playing the Joropo Central, its very fast and great for jamming with some awesome energy! For those of you who have experience with other string instruments, the advice is to loosen up your playing hand. This will provide you with the agility needed to successfully execute this traditional Venezuelan rhythm.

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