How to play Wild Thing – The Troggs

How to play Wild Thing – The Troggs

Wild things is a song from The Troggs, very popular and easy to play.   It only consist on 3 chords:  A, D and E7.  In this lesson we will see how to play the melody for this song using your Cuatro.

Song: Gavilan – Ignacion Figueredo

Analyze the song Gavilan played on the Cuatro.

Repique Double frenado

In this lesson we're going to learn how to execute a Double Frenado with a Venezuelan Cuatro

Repique V

In this lesson we will discover how to do a V strum with the Cuatro.

Repique Yo-Yo

In this lesson we will learn an intermediate technique called Yo-Yo, an accented strum that you could apply in any rhythm you want to play.

Somewhere over the rainbow – Israel Kamakawiwoʻole

Learn how to play Somewhere Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiwoʻole with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Minor Figures: A

Take a close look at the figure of A Minor. The positioning of the fingers can be used to play several chords depending on how far down the fretboard you move. Here are several examples of the notes relating to the A Minor figure. A Minor C Minor 2nd Position D Minor 3rd Position Knowing...

Learning Objectives of the Intermediate Cuatrista

Congratulations! You are now on your way to becoming an intermediate Cuatrista....check out what you can learn!

E Minor: 2nd & 3rd Positions

Study the E Minor chord in 2nd and 3rd position.

D Minor: 2nd & 3rd Positions

D Minor in it's 2nd and 3rd position along with the progression of I - IV- V.

B Minor: 2nd & 3rd Positions

Learn how to play the B Minor in different positions along the fretboard.

A Minor: 2nd & 3rd Positions

Check out how to play the I - IV - V progression relative to A Minor in three different positions using your Cuatro.

F Major: 2nd & 3rd Positions

Use theory and knowledge from other chords to play the F Major chord in different positions.

D Major: 2nd & 3rd Positions

Familiarize yourself with the 2nd and 3rd position of D Major

Seventh Figures: G7

The complex G7 figure requires you to make use of all of your fingers and put your flexibility to the test.

Seventh Figures: D7

D7 Figure used for playing different chords along the fretboard of the Cuatro.

Seventh Figures: B7

Using the figure marked by B7 on the Venezuelan Cuatro to find other chords.

Seventh Figures: A7

The triangle figure or figure of A7.

Minor Figures: E

The figure of E Minor in different positions and playing other chords using the same pattern.

Minor Figures: D

Learn how to apply the figure of D Minor along the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Minor Figures: B

The B Minor figure along the fretboard.

Major Figures: G

Discover the positioning of the G Major chord and how to use this to find chords along the fretboard.

Major Figures: E

Familiarize yourself with the figure of E Major and apply it along the fretboard of the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Major Figures: D

Have a closer look at the D Major figure and how to apply them along the mastil of the Cuatro.

Major Figures: B

Explore the B Major figures along the Cuatro and see how they can be applied.


Salsa is potentially the most complex rhythm to interpret for the Venezuelan Cuatro. This is due to the fact that the instrument is not designed to perform percussive strums, despite this cuatrista Jorge Glem demonstrates how this can be executed through his own interpretations. 1 2 3 4 3 5 6 7 8 9 10...

Silencing Chords & Percussion

Silencing the chords and creating percussive effects with your Cuatro.

Chipola Progression

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

Substituting D Major

Substituting the D major chords of a song with the venezuelan cuatro

Golpe Tocuyano

Learn how to play the rhythm Golpe Tocuyano with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Progressions of Six

Progressions of six with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Genre: Gaita

In this lesson you will learn how to play the rhythm of Gaita with an accented style of playing concluding each bar.

Genre: Cuban Son

How to play the initial melody of a Cuban Son

Chord Progression for a Polo Margariteño

The Polo Margariteño is a genre originating from the island of Margarita. Its musical form is rather simply and provides the option of experimenting, improvisation and variety with the Venezuelan Cuatro. Learn how to play these chords of this popular Venezuelan rhythm.

Cuban Son – 2nd Position

Cuban Son in 2nd position with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

Rhythm: Calypso

Learn how to play Calypso with the Venezuelan Cuatro

Song: Amparito

Learn how to play the song Amparito of the Maracaibo 15. A very popular venezuelan gaita

Pajarillo in Second Position for D Minor

Learn how to play a Pajarillo in D minor using it's second position chords.

Salsa Pattern

Learn the basics of the Salsa Pattern for the Venezuelan Cuatro

Muting Chords

Mute chords with the Venezuelan Cuatro.

The Orquidea Rhythm

Learn how to play the rhythm of the Orquidea for the Venezuelan Cuatro.