Lesson Snapshot

Cuatro Puertorriqueño

This first lesson is for anyone wanting to start playing the cuatro with a solid foundation. It was designed for those who struggle to find a clear path, it covers everything from the musical alphabet to playing open strings.


  • Explain the physical properties of a cuatro string and how it produces tone and pitch.
  • Identify high and low sound and the notes on the musical alphabet.
  • Identify the different parts and components of the instrument.
  • Perform basic picking and fretting techniques.
  • Discuss the importance of proper posture, left- and right-hand positions.
  • Identify the notes on the open strings: G, D, A, E, and B.

Required Materials

  • Puerto Rican Cuatro
  • Pick

Estimated Time to Complete: 45 minutes

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