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Jacqueline Castro Ravelo demonstrates Latin American rhythms in the cuatro. She reflects on why she enjoys playing the cuatro - she particularly likes its relatively high pitch range. The cuatro is a popular instrument, used principally for accompaniment in Venezuelan music.
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10 June 2009

Classroom Ideas

The cuatro tuning is similar to the intervals used on the ukulele. Can the students explain how the tuning is different? Can they identify the rhythm in other examples of Latin American music? What other instruments can they name which look similar to a guitar, but have different numbers, or tuning of strings?

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