Getting Started with the Puerto Rican Cuatro
Your first step to learning how to play the cuatro Puertorriqueño.
The Getting Started with the Puerto Rican Cuatro introductory course takes you on a step-by-step journey to learning this amazing instrument.
Discover quick and easy ways to...
- Identify high and low sound and the notes on the musical alphabet.
- Identify the different parts of the cuatro.
- Hold your instrument.
- Learn picking and fretting techniques.
- Identify the notes on the open strings.
Learning how to play has never been that easy—enroll in this easy-to-follow course today.
Samuel Ramos is currently the multimedia designer for the Walt Disney Company. He holds a Bachelors in Music Education from Antillean Adventist University and a Masters in Educational Media Design and Technology from Full Sail University. After graduating from college, Samuel served as a music teacher and an Assistant professor in the Guitar Department at the Inter-American University of San German, Puerto Rico. Recently, he served as the Digital Learning Designer for the University of St. Augustine at the San Marcos, California campus, and as the Sr. Instructional Technologist for the University of San Diego. Prior to that, Samuel served as the LMS Administrator/Instructional Designer for Taylor Guitars in San Diego, California.
Between teaching jobs, Samuel authored several instructional books 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!
StartHigh and Low Sounds, Musical Alphabet (5:30)
StartAnatomy of the Puerto Rican Cuatro (2:43)
StartBody Posture & Finger Placement (2:58)
StartHow to Pluck 'n" Play (7:51)
StartNaming the Open Strings (2:05)
StartTen TIPS for BETTER PRACTICING
StartCheck Your Knowledge