The B string on a Cuatro is a unique and vital part of the instrument’s sound. It’s tuned to B3, which gives the Cuatro its characteristic reentrant tuning. If you want to make sure your Cuatro sounds its best, you’ll need to ensure the B string is in tune.
You can use the A string as a reference to tune the B string. Press down on the 2nd fret of the A string, and this will produce the pitch that the B string should be tuned to. Pluck the B string and compare the pitch to the one produced by the A string. If the B string is too high, you’ll need to loosen it by turning the peg in a counterclockwise direction. If it’s too low, you’ll need to tighten it by turning the peg clockwise. Keep adjusting and comparing until the pitches match.
Once you have tuned the B string, the rest of the Cuatro should be in tune as well if you have tuned the other strings correctly. Now you’re ready to play some songs! Remember to check the tuning of your Cuatro periodically, as the strings can go out of tune over time. With a bit of practice and patience, you’ll be able to keep your Cuatro sounding great.
Now that you’ve learned how to tune your Cuatro, why not try learning a few songs? Head over to our Song section at the following URL: TuCuatro.com/songs/ to find some great tunes to play on your Cuatro. You’ll find songs in a range of styles and difficulty levels, so there’s something for everyone. Whether a beginner or an experienced player, you’re sure to find some songs you’ll love. So grab your Cuatro, and let’s get started!