The Puerto Rican danza is the most sophisticated and refined of the island’s many musical forms. Although the origins of the danza remain unclear, many scholars place its beginnings around 1840,when young Puerto Rican composers, influenced by Cuban immigrants and their lively music, started to develop a unique style of ballroom music. The danza is generally classified into two types: the romantic, or slower danza, and the festive or lively one.
In the following course you'll find a collection of danzas by some of the most important nineteenth and twentieth century Puerto Rican composers. Arranged for the Cuatro by Samuel Ramos, with score in standard notation and tablature.
Samuel Ramos is currently the Instructional Technologist for the University of San Diego in Southern California. He holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Antillean Adventist University, and his Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University.
He has served as a music teacher for 14 years and as Assistant professor in the Guitar Department at the Inter-American University of San German, Puerto Rico. Recently served as the Instructional Designer for Taylor Guitars in San Diego, California, designing online content for their internal and external learning platforms.
Between teaching jobs, Samuel authored several instructional books and guides for learning several instruments including the Puerto Rican cuatro, guitar, and mandolin among many others.
In his spare time, Samuel designs instructional content for his online community and blog at 4jibaro.com, a place where Puerto Rican music is the focal point. He constantly strives to increase awareness of Puerto Rican music and its heritage. With music as his wand, he attempts to transform the world, one cuatro at a time!