Introduction to Joropo & Bass Patterns

Arpa Llanera Recordings:

Quitapesares – Dario Robayo, Musica Para Despertar los Sentidos
Pasajeando – Angel Tolosa y Ensamble A Contratiempo, Katuketi

While listening to the above recordings, consider the following:

  1. What are some of the main elements of this musical style? What really stands out to you as you listen?
  2. What do you like about this style of harp playing? Is there a specific technique that you hear/see that you would like to learn?
  3. Listen in each recording for a descending bass pattern similar to the one transcribed below. Notice how the harpists are creating melodies, rhythmic patterns, arpeggio patterns, etc. over this descending bass. When you begin creating your own improvisations with the descending bass pattern, you can always come back to these recordings for inspiration!

Joropo and Pasaje Bass Patterns

Listen to the descending bass pattern in minor recording below. Practice improvising over this pattern. A good place to begin is with the notes of the chords. G minor (Gm) uses G Bb D, F major (F) uses F A C, E diminished (E┬░) uses E G Bb, and D minor (Dm) uses D F A. Start simply with one or two notes every measure. Then see if you can incorporate some of the arpeggio, scale, and chord patterns we have learned in Harp Ensemble Class into your improvisation.

If you feel comfortable, record one of your improvisations and upload it in the assignment section for this lesson. And/or if you create a melody or pattern in your improvisations that you would like to remember and come back to, you can also record or transcribe it and upload it to the assignment.