The Powerful Sound of Cuatro: Why it May Overtake the Ukulele

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

The sun was just starting to light the road, and its reflection was in almost every tree around. Because it was winter, all trees were completely without leaves, forming a thin shadow between the yellow and blue.

I just started playing some Cuatro music; I like to listen to some songs every morning as they are usually very energetic, the cuatro itself is very vigorous, and it is a good way of starting my day, but this time I had to search for some softer pieces to fully enjoy the special moment that the sunshine was providing to my eyes.

I started playing the following meanwhile, I observed the houses on the road and how the light was starting to fill their windows.

  • Tonada de Luna Llena
  • Vals en Fa
  • Isn’t she lovely
  • Nuestras dos almas

The Cuatro is only starting to rise.

The powerful sound of the cuatro in these songs makes you realize that this instrument has many advantages over the Ukulele. That deeper sound is caused by the last string being tuned an octave lower, the reentrant tuning that makes you feel something different and special is happening when you hit the chords, the warm sensation when you play a chord with the second added. Those are some of the benefits of an instrument like the Cuatro.

I couldn’t stop thinking about how this instrument was made to conquer the world as the Ukulele did in its era. I know this is only the beginning of an impressive journey, but I’m already anxious to observe how the Cuatro will rise and fill the world with that exotic sound.

So let’s savor every moment in nature like this one while we await the truly unstoppable rise of the Cuatro!

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