The Road to Your First Rhythm

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Music would not be music without rhythm, and we will introduce you to a world of rhythms from different parts of the world all of which you can apply to the Cuatro. Since the Cuatro is predominantly played in the Caribbean, many of them will be relating to what is played in the area. There will be a mix of everything with a lot of swing and a lot of feel….so all in good time.

Starting with scales

We will start off by exploring an introduction to the scales. Within this area we will demonstrate the Major and Minor scales making use of D Major and B Minor as examples, the reason for which is D Major is a relative of B Minor. Both scales will be reviewed followed by the B Minor chord. This will all culminate in the first strumming techniques along with your first rhythm being Vals Tonada.

Vals Tonada

Vals Tonada is a rather enjoyable rhythm, simple to learn and easy to apply chords to. It is an ideal rhythm to start off with as there are no complicated strumming techniques necessary. We have chosen this as the first rhythm as it will be easy for you to learn and you will be able to do some jamming with it, even with the number of chords we have introduced at this point. Later on this will become a bit tougher when we being to introduce the frenado strums, but again all in good time.