ExpiredVenezuelan Cuatro for Ukulele Players

Expand your musical horizons. Venezuelan Cuatro with Adrian Toro. 1 session | Thursday July 7th | 7-8pm.
Want to spice up your playing? Why not expand your musical and cultural horizons through this exploration of the musical traditions and techniques of the Venezuelan cuatro.
The Venezuelan cuatro is a close relative to the ukulele, sharing certain tuning and playing characteristics.  See what is the same, what is different, and learn cuatro techniques to inspire your ukulele playing. The workshop will be led an experienced teacher and player, Adrian Toro. A cuatro to play during the session is included in the price of the workshop.

Adrian Toro

I’m a cuatro player from Venezuela. I was born in Caracas and started playing the cuatro since 6 years old.  My dad was my first teacher, and later I would be learning my first chords at school.    When I was 15 I decided to learn a few solo instrumental songs, so I dedicated about 9 months to the first one “Sin Rencor”, just to have it ready for the Gaita season in December.   It was a huge success and I got to play it for my school Gaita music group in front of everybody!

Later I would receive cuatro lessons with Luis Pino and Jorge Glem to become formally an instrumental cuatro player.  I got to teach cuatro at Centro Cultural Chacao and Centro de Capacitación Musical Teresa Carreño and later, in 2011, I decided it was time to create a website where people could go to learn how to play the cuatro,  I decided to call it TuCuatro.

Since 2012 I’m living Ottawa, Canada from where I keep organizing all TuCuatro teachers, luthiers and associates and keep aiming to create the world’s biggest interactive cuatro guide ever done.

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Venue Phone: 613-323-1689

87 Eccles Street, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1R 6S5


Joel invites you to his home studio centrally located in the Chinatown/Little Italy neighbourhood of Ottawa.

  • IMPORTANT: Please read signs carefully as there is a ‘No Parking’ zone on our stretch of Eccles Street.
  • 3 hour street parking on Eccles, Anderson and other neighbouring side streets parallel to Eccles.
  • 1 hour parking until 7pm on Rochester. Great for evening classes.
  • OC Transpo’s #11 (old #2) bus route. Get off at the Somerset/Booth stop.
  • OC Transpo #85 bus route. Stops at Preston and Anderson, 1 block away from studio.

The Bridgehead Roastery is only 1 block away for coffee before or after lessons. There is very good and affordable Pho, Ramen, Dim Sum and more just a stones throw away. Take advantage of your time in the neighbourhood to take it all in!

  • Thurs 7-8 | June 7
    With Adrian Toro
    July 7, 2016
    7:00 pm - 8:00 pm