Venezuelan Music: El Cuatro

For more on the cuatro see https://balafria.wordpress.com/2008/08/03/rhythms-of-the-cuatro/

15 thoughts on “Venezuelan Music: El Cuatro

  1. Si, Claro. I just bought a cheap cuatro on a recent trip to Venezuela so I am looking to improve. I am not bad but I could do with some of this guy’s rhythm technique. Anyone know where I can get some Cuatro lessons?🙂

  2. Here is a version of pajarillo… in all its glory for those who are interested…

    [video src="http://www.elcuatrovenezolano.com/images/pajarillo2.wmv" /]

  3. Hey… thanks for that Mantecanaut!

    To be honest my rhythm is not too bad. I play the guitar and I have a good feel for different styles .. funk, reggae etc, but when it comes to latin styles such as merengue, joropo, salsa i need to work on the different up and down strokes which make up the different rhythms. I will check out the youtube vid.

    Thanks again!

    Tio

  4. Pingback: Venezuelan Music: The Rhythms of the Cuatro « Bala Fria

  5. Hi there, I am searching for good cuatro lyrics & songs for a Christmas present. Could you give me a suggestion, where can I get some? (online)
    I’m based in Europe. I would appreciate if you could help me! Thanks a lot!

  6. Hi Gina,

    Check the above comments for plenty of pointers. Visit http://el-cuatro.blogspot.com/ for songs and chords and videos. See also youtube where various lessons and videos on cuatro playing can be found. As far as in Europe or online I really dont think there is much to be found. I bought my cuatro in Caracas.

    Good luck!

    Tio

  7. Hi Folks,

    I decided to try and learn the Cuatro while I was in Venezuela during the summer. I had decent support over there, but when I returned to the UK…NOTHING!

    I have searched high and low for resources to help me with the Cuatro and there isn’t much out there. No books available and only a few websites in existence. I bought the ‘Manual del Cuatro’ when in Venezuela, and I use YouTube, but that’s about it. It doesn’t help when my Spanish is poor.

    I have since taken up the Ukulele because support and resources are so much better for it here, but I really would like to learn the Cuatro.

    My Cuatro isn’t anything special (someone gave me their old one) and I was wondering if anyone knew where I could buy a new one. The instrument seems to be non-existent here in this country.

    Best wishes,

    Robert

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