How do I get familiar with the Cuatro?

Learning how to play a musical instrument can be as complicated or as simple as we like. It all depends how far it is that you would like to come. Some persons wish to learn some accompaniment songs, some chords and the ability to jam along. Others reach for the stars and try to become the next Cheo Hurtado (don’t worry…we’ll get to who this person is in a moment). Either option is possible with enough dedication, perseverance and joy. We here at TuCuatro wish to be a part of that and are here to give you the necessary materials to help you achieve your musical goals. Each instrument opens up a wide world which needs to be understood as playing methods differ just like learning methods.

Exploring the musical instrument involves exploring:

These are some of the questions we will be answering during this lesson as you are now a member of the Cuatro community….congratulations!

With the technology available now, we are able to offer you a wide range of methods how you can best learn and retain information. Not only this, we realize the importance of being able to play songs and will introduce you to this world to compliment the skills necessary to play.

Get a feel for the Instrument!

Know your Instrument!

Know what you can do with your Instrument!

$30
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Introduction to the Cuatro for Ukulele Players

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$100
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Private Cuatro Lessons – Darwin Medina

4 Hours of Private Lessons with Emerging Colombian Cuatrista Darwin Medina from Home and in English!

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Free
Maestro Cheo Hurtado

Cuatro Masters: Cheo Hurtado (Free Course)

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$30
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Mosaic of Rhythms

In this course we focus in on several rhythms which are living more in the shadows of the more popular genres such as Joropo and Salsa. There are some amazing songs coupled to these rhythms and we will take you through the soloist versions of some of these songs.

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$30
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Learn to Play Parang with the Venezuelan cuatro

In this course we will learn how to play this popular folk music which takes full advantage of the Cuatro, Maracas and other instruments.

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Free
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Parts of the Cuatro (Free Course)

In this course we're going to teach you the different parts of the Cuatro.

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Free
Abraham Sarache

Modernizing the Cuatro: Abraham Sarache

Become part of the modernization of the Cuatro with artist Abraham Sarache. Learn to play covers of popular songs using acoustic and electric cuatros. Join the movement as we journey through the evolutionary path of the Cuatro

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$30
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Introduction to Advanced Cuatrista Techniques

The overall learning objectives of this course is for you to familiarize yourself with some of the advanced techniques used by the greats. We also have a section dedicated to the strumming techniques by some of the best and exclusive Cuatristas.

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$12
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Gaita Celebrations

One of the most known uses for the Cuatro is relating to the festivities of Gaita. We will teach you how to play this rhythm and play some great gaita songs.

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$30
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Application of Techniques

In this course we will take a look at some basic patterns and additional techniques which you can apply to playing.

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$30
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Learning Objectives for the Intermediate Cuatrista

In the intermediate sections, we will introduce more complicated rhythms, how to mark the chords in different positions on the Cuatro, the different figures being used to mark the chords and some more advanced strumming techniques.

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$30
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Joropo Progressions (Genre Specific)

In this course we will explore some of the most common sub-genres of joropo. These sub-genres follow differences in progressions and sometimes in style of play.

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$30
Holding Cuatro

Enhancing Ability & Increasing Speed

When seeing some cuatristas play, we can notice the speed which with these people play. This ability does not come overnight and needs to be trained for considerably. When you get the hang of it, you will definitely love to let out all emotion on the instrument.

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$30
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Exploring & Applying Frenados to your Strumming

We will review several more complex strumming techniques. It is of utmost importance that this section is reviewed carefully as it is a part where students are introduced to some of the complexities of maintaining rhythms and making use of the ascending and descending frenado.

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Free
Cuatro Nut Clear

Introduction to the Cuatro Basics (Trial Course)

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