The Cuatro, an instrument similar to the Ukulele in size and shape but with a deeper and more colourful sound.  It is played in only a few countries in south america and the Caribbean Island

This instrument is used in most of the folkloric music of countries like Aruba, Trinidad & Tobago, Colombia and Venezuela. Here’s an example of how the cuatro sounds when used to play music from the plains of south america:

Caballo Viejo – A south american song

 

 

Tico Tico – Brazilian Song

The Cuatro also serves as a melodic instrument with unique characteristics, like of the melody being produced by the 3rd string instead of the last one. Also a strumming pattern emerges when mixing melodies with harmonies, as shown in this video

 

Lava – Pixar Cuatro Cover

Finally, the cuatro can imitate very well the known sound of an Ukulele.  Many Ukulele players are attracted to this instruments because of the similarities and also because of the wider range of action that the Cuatro offers.  Enjoy this cover of one of the last Pixar’s movie hits:

 

Isn’t She Lovely – Stevie Wonder

Here’s a short video with a cuatro player covering a Stevie Wonder song. Possibilities are limitless!

 

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