Dominic Thompson is a professional cuatro player from Trinidad and he has put together this lesson where he shows how to play the rhythm of Parang. The Parang rhythm derives originally from Venezuela and Colombia, the “Parranda” in Spanish, that was brought to Trinidad by the cuckoo planters that migrated into Trinidad. Rhythm of Parang […]
If you have much experience with the Ukulele, you can learn to play the cuatro using the same skills you’ve already acquired.
Hear from grand masters such as Cheo Hurtado providing their insights and experiences relating to the Cuatro. You will hear demonstrations, teachings, tips and a wealth of information relating to the instrument.
Level 1: Get to know your instrument. Learn all parts of the cuatro with this introduction.
Level 2: Learn to do your first chords and some basic music theory with the cuatro.
Level 3: Learn the Vals Tonada, your very first rhythm with the instrument.
Level 4: Learn the difficult art of “Frenados”. A technique that only exist for the cuatro.
Learn how to play the different strums of Parang with your Venezuelan Cuatro. Learn Cuatro songs to play during the parang festivals.
Level 5: Start developing your speed. Practice with Joropo and different Waltz.
Level 6: Take off with Joropo and learn the different progressions and chords used.