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Joropo

(Andrew Forrest)

A Joropo is a musical form from Venezuela that resembles a Waltz. Of course the straight one-two-three of the European Waltz has been replaced by a swinging rhythm. The Joropo became so popular that it became one of Venezuela’s national dances.

This Joropo is an own composition by Andrew Forrest. It’s a quite lengthy piece (more than 90 measures) that enables the guitars one and two to experiment in various melodious and rhythmical patterns with a swinging accompaniment of guitar three.

The challenge is achieving the brisk and swinging tempo. The slurs in the melodies are a bit helpful. The effort, however, is worth it, the result will be an entertaining and pleasant presentation.