Receita de Samba
Receita de Samba is a very popular brazilian song, it was written by Jacob do Bandolim and quickly became one of the references for samba…
What’s the difference between an Ukulele and a Cuatro
So you discovered that there’s an instrument called Cuatro and probably know about it’s resemblance to the Ukulele. It is true that the similarities are…
What makes the cuatro an unique instrument?
There are not many instruments with a reentrant running in this modern world. Probably because the influence of the modern guitar where all the strings…
The Cuatro Vs The Ukulele
If you are an avid musician with an affinity for the ukulele, you should become more acquainted with its Venezuelan cousin. The cuatro looks almost…
The Cuatro: Rise of a better instrument
I’m not normally someone who wakes up before 7am but in rare situations. One of these situations was a few weeks ago when I had…
Some examples of Joropo Pajarillo
Here is an interesting example of Pajarillo where Elias Tona, a Bass player, explains how the Joropo Pajarillo genre is built. The Cuatro player interpreting…
Latin American Instrument Adopts a Japanese Soul
ラテンアメリカの楽器が、日本の魂を採用 For many years the Venezuelan Cuatro or Colombian Cuatro as it is also referred to have been confined to the northern areas of Latin…
The Evolution of Cuatro Teaching Methodology
Cuatro Classes Evolved National instruments such as the Cuatro are cultural artifacts which defines us to our very core. They are used to express ourselves…
A Cuatro’s Crucial Step Into the Modern Era of Music
“I composed the song Princess of Ploiesti and dedicated it to two persons in Romania who treated me with great hospitality; this was my way of demonstrating my gratification.” Jaderick Croes
Your journey includes one ofthese exotic instruments
We are very glad of having the opportunity of exposing trough this blog beautiful instruments for around the world., very well known in their own land,…
The Venezuelan Cuatro is a particular instrument that has been used in this country and some other countries for decades. It’s so popular that there’s practically no genre inside the country that has not been played with a Cuatro. Even the modern popular songs are using the cuatro (mostly as a reference to the culture) inside their songs
Types of Strings for the Cuatro
The type of strings you use on the Venezuelan Cuatro can vary and can make your cuatro sound very different. Be alert when buying them and try to get a nice package so your cuatro can sound like a professional one.
Dont use a cheap instrument, buy a nicer one
If you really like the sound of a particular exotic instrument you should start thinking about buying a new one for yourself. Most of the people starts playing these instruments with an old one that was sitting around the house for a while.
Learn how to play cuatro songs with tabs
Tabs are fundamental for learning new songs in almost every instrument. Musically speaking, tabs are a nice and clean way of learning a solo or an introduction without the hardness of pentagrams.
If you get stuck trying to play a melody or a strumming pattern
Practicing could be a hard thing if you´re learning by yourself. You could be making the same mistake over and over again without noticing. But you´re not alone, this is the most common problem of musicians.
Learn a technique to play difficult songs when you’re a begginer
The best way of learning a difficult song is just to copy another musician player style. For some people this would be against normal sense (you should have your own stlye) but how you´re supose to do this if you´re just starting! Let´s find out.
A quick tip to get better and master your instrument
There´s one essential thing you should do if you´re serious about learning to play the venezuelan cuatro. Read it now!
Luis natera playing “La Casa Azul”
Luis Natera is a recognized musician from Venezuela. He plays the Cuatro, which is a small 4 stringed instrument from the northern part of South America. He’s one of the venezuelan soloist that keeps the pace and grace of old school and display a modern touch at the same time.
Let It Be – The Beatles (Cuatro Cover)
Listen to a Cuatro Cover of one of the most popular songs made by the Beatles.