Where to begin with learning how to play?

If you are completely new to the Cuatro and to string instruments, the recommendation is always to start from the very beginning. The first lessons provided are the very basics of how to play, what to look out for and getting a hang of the most basic techniques you need to know. Our lessons are categorized in several ways, one of which being the difficulty level. Try not to get ahead of yourself and following the curriculum as much as possible.

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It is highly important to take time with the lessons. The more time you dedicate to the techniques and to practice, the better you will advance. The first lessons will be relating to how to tune the Cuatro, some housekeeping to bear in mind, beginners strumming techniques, an easy rhythm and ultimately your first song!!

$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
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La Bandola: An Introduction (Free Course)

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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
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Introduction to the Cuatro Basics (Trial Course)

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