Understanding & Mastering Modes for the Cuatro Puertorriqueño

Expand your musical scales vocabulary by adding modes to your improvisations

The concept of modes can be a bit daunting for many beginners. The truth is that you’re already playing modes without realizing it. If you know how to play a major scale, you’re playing an Ionian scale. The first of seven modes we’ll be discussing on this course. We'll also discuss how to incorporate these into your jam sessions.

At the end of the course, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify and play 7 modes on the instrument
  • Execute modes in different position of the fretboard using three-notes-per-strings
  • Create simple modal melodies and play-along to chord progressions
  • Identify modal characteristics and tonal colors

This course is for anyone looking to learn the modes in an easy-to-understand manner--without all the technical jargon.

Your Instructor

Samuel Ramos
Samuel Ramos

Samuel Ramos is an experienced educator, instructional designer, and musician. He graduated from Antillean Adventist University with a Bachelor's Degree in Music Education and Full Sail University with a Master's Degree in Educational Media Design and Technology, giving him the knowledge to excel in both academics and music.

Not only has Samuel served as a music teacher and assistant professor of guitar at the Inter-American University of San German, Puerto Rico, but he has also had the opportunity to become a multimedia designer for the Walt Disney Company, a digital learning designer for the University of St. Augustine at the San Marcos, California campus, and a senior instructional technologist for the University of San Diego. His skills have also extended to LMS Administrator/Instructional Designer for Taylor Guitars in San Diego, California. He has written several instructional books on playing various instruments, including the Puerto Rican cuatro, guitar, and mandolin.

When he is not busy teaching or creating content, Samuel dedicates his time to 4jibaro.com - a website that serves as an online community to promote awareness of Puerto Rican folk music and heritage. Through his work here, Samuel seeks to bring hope and joy to people through music by changing the world - one note at a time!

Frequently Asked Questions

When does the course start and finish?
It is a completely self-paced online course—you decide when you start and when you finish. We'll provide you with a study plan to follow and track your progress. You'll be able to submit performance videos for feedback from the instructor.
Do I get access to everything with the "membership"?
Immediate access to every video lesson, 300+ interactive sheet music, live Q&A sessions and access to the community. You’ll also get your questions answered through live lessons, discussion boards and chat.
What if I am unhappy with the course?
We would never want you to be unhappy! If you are unsatisfied with your purchase, contact us in the first 30 days and we will give you a full refund.