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Jorge Glem playing with c4trio at the Berklee Performance Center

Venezuelan Cuatro player Jorge Glem plays in a group called C4Trio.  Very well known music group inside Venezuela.   Formed by 4 members, their most unusual characteristic is the fact that the group is conformed by 3 cuatros and a bass.
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Learn a little bit more about the Venezuelan Cuatro

Learn a little bit more about the Venezuelan Cuatro, Venezuela's national instrument
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Is that a Venezuelan Cuatro?

A square-shaped venezuelan cuatro, not usually the shape for this kind of instrument.
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Luthiers – Venezuelan Cuatro luthier

Learn how to contact a Cuatro luthier from anywhere around the world.
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Experimental Luthiers

The art of making experimental music instruments.
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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!
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Venezuelan Cuatro

Venezuelan Cuatro

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)...
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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, but unkown for the majority of us. The Venezuelan Cuatro is one of those rare instruments from South America, also instruments like the Bandola Llanera, Cavaquinho, Balalaika and many others...
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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 are tuned ascendantly and all other instruments follow. Basses, violins, violonchelos, guitars and many other string instruments are tuned in a way you will always find their highest notes on...
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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 numerous but there’s a spectacular difference: The Cuatro is has a reentrant tuning. Its fourth and last string is tuned on an octave lower, almost as low as the first...
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