Where can I learn to play or make a cuatro?
Where can I find out more about native instruments, music, culture, etc.?
At last! An entire series of Cuatro teaching resources for English-speakers!
Samuel Ramos, an accomplished Puerto Rican musical educator, has produced an impressive series of bilingual teaching resources for the Puerto Rican cuatro, including a 2-part entry-level series; a cuatro chord bible; a scale, chord and arpeggio compilation; transcription of traditional Puerto Rican Christmas tunes; transcriptions of traditional Puerto Rican aguinaldos and seises; transcriptions of classical music; plus tiple, guitar and mandolin methods.
NOTE: Another useful teaching resource for the more visually-oriented English-speaking learner is Alvin Medina's bilingual cuatro DVD.
Important articles about Puerto Rican music and culture:
Music in "Porto Rico"
How to understand el reggaetón (not translated yet)
Teachers are self-listed or recommended by others. Inclusion on this list does not imply a recommendation from the Cuatro Project
New York City
Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
Guayama, Puerto Rico
Evans, Georgia, USA
New Jersey, USA
Bethlehem, Pennsylvania EEUU
Did you know that Alvin Medina, one of the most distinguished young super-stars of our time is also a fine teacher of his instrument? If you reside in the Orlando, Florida, region you might be able to ask the busy maestro for a bit of his time to teach you how to play the Puerto Rican cuatro. Contact him here.