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Your journey includes one ofthese exotic instruments

We are very glad of having the opportunity of exposing trough this blog beautiful instruments for around the world., very well known in their own land, but unkown for the majority of us. The Venezuelan Cuatro is one of those rare instruments from South America, also instruments like the Bandola Llanera, Cavaquinho, Balalaika and many others...

A Cuatro’s Crucial Step Into the Modern Era of Music

“I composed the song Princess of Ploiesti and dedicated it to two persons in Romania who treated me with great hospitality; this was my way of demonstrating my gratification.” Jaderick Croes

Latin American Instrument Adopts a Japanese Soul

ラテンアメリカの楽器が、日本の魂を採用 For many years the Venezuelan Cuatro or Colombian Cuatro as it is also referred to have been confined to the northern areas of Latin American as well as several Caribbean islands. As the instrument had begun to expand its presence throughout the continent as well as being brought to North America and Europe by...
Joropo Pajarillo Henry Linarez

Some examples of Joropo Pajarillo

Here is an interesting example of Pajarillo where Elias Tona, a Bass player, explains how the Joropo Pajarillo genre is built. The Cuatro player interpreting this Pajarillo is Henry Linarez, one of the best exponents inside the Cuatro’s origin country Venezuela.
Venezuelan Cuatro

The Cuatro: Rise of a better instrument

I’m not normally someone who wakes up before 7am but in rare situations. One of these situations was a few weeks ago when I had to travel to Ottawa for the day. It was 6 am and the bus was just taking the highway when I realized something I had not see in long time:...

What makes the cuatro an unique instrument?

There are not many instruments with a reentrant running in this modern world. Probably because the influence of the modern guitar where all the strings are tuned ascendantly and all other instruments follow. Basses, violins, violonchelos, guitars and many other string instruments are tuned in a way you will always find their highest notes on...

What’s the difference between an Ukulele and a Cuatro

So you discovered that there’s an instrument called Cuatro and probably know about it’s resemblance to the Ukulele. It is true that the similarities are numerous but there’s a spectacular difference: The Cuatro is has a reentrant tuning. Its fourth and last string is tuned on an octave lower, almost as low as the first...

Receita de Samba

Receita de Samba is a very popular brazilian song, it was written by Jacob do Bandolim and quickly became one of the references for samba music around the world. If you’re familiar with this song you will notice how the percussion takes a relevant role along the song. Here’s a video of Receita de Samba...
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