Guide to the Cuatro

A photo of a Venezuelan Cuatro

The Cuatro is a Latin American stringed instrument that has its origin in Europe. However, it is usually played in Venezuela, Puerto Rico, and other Latin American countries. The history of the Cuatro starts many centuries ago with the expansion of the popularity of the Spanish Guitar. The latter instrument is a four stringed-guitar that … Read more

Guide to Maracas

A photo of the maracas instrument

The Maraca is a percussion instrument that was made out of tree fruit. This rattle instrument is classified on the idiophone group that consists of instruments that produce sound through vibration without using membranes, strings, nor air. Unlike the cymbals and castanets,which produce sounds when struck, the maracas belong to the shaken idiophone category.Maracas are … Read more