First Songs

My first cuatro song:  Teacher plays the chords for the student.  In these exercises  student is allowed to use a plectrum or fingers to play the notes. Pay attention to playing rhythms correctly using a metronome really helps. Stop switching the rhythms: In this exercise there are alternating rhythms pay attention and use the numbers […]

Notes on the 2nd String

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Notes on the 3rd String

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Notes on the 4th String

See figure 5.Now that you have made the connection here again I added the cuatro neck and the notations that corresponds to them. Practice the following assignments   Do you want to keep track of your. progress? Register an account now to mark lessons as complete.

Putting Measures, Bar Lines, Time Signatures and Notes Together

Here you can see that we put the notes together. we have  2 bars of whole notes ,2 bars of half notes, 2 bars of quarter notes, follow this example  the numbers below will help you count the measures. We are playing first the E note or the purple note if you see the image […]

Memorizing the Note Figures and Their Values

a Whole note ,a whole note has a value of 4 beats.         This is called a half note ,it has a value of 2 beats .         This is called a quarter note, it has a value of 1 beat.   Assignement  3 :Memorize the set of notes […]

Whole Notes and Half Notes

Now that the positions are learned, we can move on to reading notes. In this lesson you will learn what are whole notes  half notes and quarter notes.   See figure 2 A. a musical clef ,this is indicated every time we encounter ourselves with a musical notation sheet. B. a time signature ,this is […]

Songs in Note Names

This section will offer to memorize the positions of the notes on the neck of the cuatro which is the principle into the beginning of note reading,the songs will assist you in achieving memory for the different notation positions (all are made till the 5th frets) Assignment 2 Play the given pieces in the positions […]

Assignment 1 – Sight Reading

Please take time to read the tablature and memorize this.     1st  assignment Memorize this tablature and play the notes on the cuatro to complete this excerise you would have to have memorized all the notes on the first five frets. Note :Teacher can utilize  any other way of teaching the student how to […]

Apoyando Technique

This technique will be used throughout the exercises, so practice it carefully as it will help you to develop independence and strength  in the fingers later on. See the figure   Fig 4 The technique can be used on all strings but in this case we will use it on the 2nd string Step 1. […]