Floreo Strum

Floreo Strum

Use this strum to enrich your music

Pajarillo Progression

Learn what is the progression of a Pajarillo, the most famous venezuelan Joropo played with the venzuelan cuatro

Descending “Frenado”

The "chasquido" or "frenado", as it is also known, is a crucial skill for any cuatrista. The descending "frenado" in particular is probably the most important movement when considering the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Zumba que Zumba (Basic)

Learn some of the progressions for a Zumba que Zumba at a basic level.

Song: U2 – With or without you

In this lesson we’re going to play an easy song from U2 that consist in only 4 chords.   These chords are: D, A7, Bm, G U2 – With or without you The rhythm is a standard 4/4 based on 4 strums:  Down, Up, Down, Up, where we get the second Down with a little...

Ascending “Frenado”

Learn how to execute the ascending frenado with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

House Keeping

Some housekeeping prior to starting your journey as a Cuatrista

Properly Marking Chords

Learn how to mark chords properly with the Venezuelan Cuatro

Major, Minor & 7th Chords

A quick look at Major, Minor and 7th Chords in their 1st position with the Cuatro.

What are Major 7th Chords

Major7 Chords on the Venezuelan Cuatro.

What are Minor Chords?

Minor Chord composition on the Cuatro.

What is a Major Chord?

The composition of Major Chords with the Cuatro.

E Minor: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

Play the progression of I - IV - V with the Cuatro for E Minor.

D Minor: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

Familiarize yourself with the I - IV - V progression of D Minor using the Cuatro.

B Minor: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

The B minor is one of the most popular chords for the Cuatro. It is easy to do and there are many songs played using this chord. So let’s see how to do it all together with its near family. B minor This chord includes the notes B, D, F#.  So because the tuning of...

A Minor: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

In this lesson you will be taking a look at the Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant chords relative to A Minor. Changing between these chords can be a little complicated, but we simply recommend for you to play the progression in order until you know it by heart. To spice things up a bit, you can...

What is a Minor Scale?

The minor scale on the Venezuelan Cuatro is similar to the major one. The main difference for the natural minor scale is the third, which is minor. So when building a minor scale the pattern corresponding to a minor Scale will be: (Blue representing tones and Orange representing semitones): If we were to translate this...

Relative Keys

Identifying Relative Keys & the Circle of Fifths

Chords: E Minor

E Minor Chord with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Chords: D Minor

Squeezing your fingers together to mark the D Minor Chord with the Cuatro.

Chords: B Minor

Learn how to play the B Minor Chord, one of the easiest to play with the Cuatro.

B Major: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

Progression I - IV & V for B Major with the Cuatro.

A Major: I – IV – V

The tonic, subdominant and dominant notes relative to A Major

G Major: Tonic – Subdominant – Dominant

Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant notes relative to G Major.

C Major: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

Practice the C Major: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

E Major: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

Explore the possibilities with the Tonic, Subdominant and Dominant notes relative to E Major.

E Major Chord: 1st Position

Play the E Major chord using it's first position on the Cuatro.

Vals Pasaje

Vals Pasaje with the Cuatro

Chords: D Major in 1st Position

The D Major chord in it's first position with the Venezuelan Cuatro

D Major: Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant

Tonic, Subdominant & Dominant notes for D major on the Venezuelan Cuatro.

What is a Major Scale?

Discover what is a scale and with which notes they are formed.

Chords: G Major 1st Position

Get to know how to play the G major chord with the Cuatro.

F Major Scale

Scale of F Major with the Cuatro.

F Minor Scale

Scale of F Minor with the Cuatro

A Major Scale

Scale of A Major with the Venezuelan Cuatro

A Minor Scale

A Minor scale with the Venezuelan Cuatro

E Major Scale

E Major scale with the Venezuelan Cuatro

E Minor Scale

E Minor Scale with the Cuatro

D Major Scale

D major scale using the Venezuelan Cuatro

D Minor Scale

D minor scale on the Venezuelan Cuatro

B Minor Scale

Learn how to play the B Minor scale with the Venezuelan Cuatro

G Minor Scale

G Minor Scale with the Venezuelan Cuatro

G Major Scale

G Major Scale Have a look a the following scales for G Major. As with any scale, by knowing the key of any song, you will be able to play the melody using the corresponding scales. We have plenty of exercises relating to this and please use these videos as a reference for the G...

Chords: B Major in 1st Position

B Major in it's first chord position on the Cuatro.

Parts of the Cuatro

Get to know the parts of your Cuatro

3 Basic Strums for the Venezuelan Cuatro

This lesson will cover the 3 basic strums of the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Gabán Progression

Learn what is the progression of a Gaban, a venezuelan Joropo played with the venzuelan cuatro

Zumba que Zumba Progression

A popular genre in Venezuela known as Zumba que Zumba

Joropo Llanero

Learn how to play Joropo Llanero using the Venezuelan Cuatro

Aguinaldo

A festive rhythm to play with the Cuatro.

B Major Scale

B Major scale with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Natural Notes with the Venezuelan Cuatro

Three of the Cuatros strings are natrual notes. The first string is A natrual, the second string is D natural, the third string is the only one which does not coincide with a natrual note being F# and the last string is B natrual.

Chords: F Minor

Compare the F Minor Chord with others using the Venezuelan Cuatro

Practice the “Choques” or “Frenado” Strums in a 4×4 Rhythm

Practice with the Venezuelan Cuatro the choques or frenados at a rhythm of 4x4
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