Improvisation Techniques for the Cuatro
Learn cuatro improvisation techniques
About this course: The purpose of the course is to introduce the basic concepts of improvisation and provide with a systematic approach to developing a your next solo. You'll transcribe solos from legendary players from many different genres (Pedro Guzmán, Edwin Colón Zayas, Wes Montgomery, Sonny Rollins and others). Each lesson has listening activities that mean to further students’ understanding of the concept of improvisation. By the end of this 7-week course, you will be able to incorporate these elements into your own playing.
Fabiola M. Mendez is a Puerto Rican cuatro player that has taken part in a musical movement, crossing over the lines of genres such as folkloric, jazz & Latin. She has worked and performed for artists such as: Totó La Momposina, Eddie Palmieri, Puerto Rican Symphony Orchestra, and El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, among others. Recently graduated from Berklee College of Music, who participates in music education events and conferences, actively performs at different venues around New England, and takes part in recording sessions and other student projects.
StartLesson 1: What's Improvisation? (6:29)
StartLesson 2: Scale Patterns in Major Keys (6:54)
StartLesson 3: Techniques of Motivic Improvisation (Mayor Keys) (6:00)
StartLesson 4: Scale Patterns in Minor Keys (10:52)
StartLesson 5: Techniques of Motivic Improvisation (Minor Keys) (6:47)
StartLesson 6: Introduction to Transcribing Music (8:49)
StartLesson 7: Putting It All Together - Wrap-up! (5:09)