~~December 25, 2019~~
CHRISTMAS DAY …. PUERTO RICAN MUSIC
There truly are no Christmas celebrations like those in Puerto Rico. It doesn’t matter if you live on our lovely island or in the diaspora … anywhere/everywhere in the world.
Those Puerto Rican traditions we grew up with are never forgotten!
This is our typical Christmas music played by a ‘cuatro’ virtuoso.
For any Puerto Rican who stops by and for any other friend who enjoy music!
The Puerto Rican cuatro is the national instrument of Puerto Rico. It belongs to the lute family of string instruments, and is guitar-like in function, but with a shape closer to that of the violin. The word cuatro means “four”, which was the total number of strings of the earliest Puerto Rican instrument known by the cuatro name.
The current cuatro has ten strings in five courses, tuned, in fourths, from low to high B3 B2♦E4 E3♦A3 A3♦D4 D4♦G4 G4 (note that the bottom two pairs are in octaves, while the top three pairs are tuned in unison), and a scale length of 500-520 millimetres.
~~Published December 11, 2011~~
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