Learn to play the song Sombra en los Medanos

Course: Introduction to the Cuatro Basics

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The song “Sombra en los Medanos” is an iconic piece composed by Rafael Sanchez Lopez. We will learn how to play the song Sombra en los Medanos using the rhythm of Vals.

It is a fairly simple piece to play using the D Major key. Within the song itself, we also pass through the relative minor of D Major which is something typical as they compliment each other. More relating to relative minors can be reviewed in future courses as this is something fundamental to be aware of whilst playing songs in any key.

As we’ve mentioned, the rhythm in which this song is played in the rhythm of Vals. The Vals rhythm is one of the pillar rhythms of the music genres you play with a Cuatro, for it is very important that you learn to play it right and practice as much as you need to be able to master it.

Rhythm of Vals Pasaje

Vals Pasaje
Vals Rhythm to use to learn to play the song Sombra en los Medanos

There are some techniques that are used within this video that require some additional skills such as the mastering of the frenados for example, which are accents used providing a percussive effect to the Cuatro. If you are unfamiliar with these techniques, we would recommend for you to review courses such as the Exploring and Applying Strumming Course where we look into such skill sets in more detail.

For the moment, take a look at the video demonstrating (with integrated chords) how to play the song and enjoy!

Sombra En Los Medanos – Demonstration

Learn how to play the song Sombra en los medanos by following the chord images that appear on this video. Just follow along using the Vals rhythm that you’ve already learnt and you should be able to get it after a few repetitions.

If you’re interested in exploring more about this particular song, here you can download the score for Sombra en los Medanos.

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