How long does it take to learn to play the Cuatro?
For every instrument there is a learning curve and it does take time to familiarize yourself with the style of play. A common question is how long does it take to learn how to play the Cuatro, the answer is: It is entirely up to you! The most dedicated students who practice every day have the best results. It is important to be dedicated, persistent and to keep studying the materials provided. Also, listen to the music, listen to the composers, cuatristas and accompaniment music. Try to get a good feed for your own preferred style of music and try to make it happen on your Cuatro.
We here at TuCuatro will guide you as much as possible and provide you with all the tools, but it is your fingers which will do all of the work. Don’t worry…..we are in this together along with the rest of the community and will make it happen.
Typically, for a beginner to get at a decent level it will take 6 months followed by exponential growth every 6 months after. You will see when you start to play, try to keep practicing and the most important thing is to enjoy the music!!
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Practice is key whenever learning how to play any musical instrument. The more you practice, the better you get and the further your ability will progress.
After 4 Weeks, 8 Weeks & 16 Weeks
Nowadays we have many tools at our disposal which can be made use of to help us progress as musicians. The most important tools are relating to methods how you can record yourself. When learning how to play an instrument with a teacher one on one, we can directly get feedback from the instructor. Essentially we would have an audience who can give us feedback, listen to the music and give tips on how to improve.
Have a look at these videos by our students on our Venezuelan site who have elected to share what they have learned using the TuCuatro methodology:
Spanish Beginner Student 4 Weeks
Venezuelan Intermediate Student 8 Weeks
American Intermediate Student 16 Weeks
Since learning with TuCuatro is online, it is important to have an audience which can give you feedback. In order for this to work, it is highly important that your progress is recorded. Make use of any camera, be it a webcam or the one on your cellphone and make a recording of your songs or exercises. This recording can be anything at all relating to how you play your instrument. Then upload the video to YouTube and share it with our TuCuatro community for feedback.
By doing this, students will provide you with encouraging comments and we have a policy whereby the instructors must give constructive feedback. It is not only a great way to track your progress as the time goes by, but it is also great for other students who can learn from you.
So pick up your Cuatro, learn a little something, record it, share and improve!!
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.