4Jibaro's Blog

Celebrate the origin and the intricacies of the riveting facets of Puerto Rican folkloric music.

Cancionero Navideño: Yo Me Tomo el Ron (Lyrics)

Coro:Yo me tomo el ron, la cerveza fría,yo me tomo el ron, la cerveza fría,porque en Bayamón, mon, llueve to´ los días,porque en Bayamón, mon, llueve to´ los días. Repite Coro Maldita quebrá, siempre está crecía,maldita quebrá, siempre está crecía,porque en Bayamón, mon, llueve to’ los...

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The Puerto Rican Seis

The Puerto Rican seis is derived from poetic and musical forms that were popular in Spain, especially in Andalucia, in the 16th century. In Puerto Rico, the seis presents an opportunity for the troubadours to display their poetic invention, commonly improvising lyrics on the spot based on an idea...

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No Se Confunda con la Bordonúa

En la columna anterior titulada El enigmático origen del cuatro, mencionamos otros dos instrumentos de cuerdas que forman parte de los instrumentos típicos o folklóricos de la Isla: el tiple y la bordonúa. Tal y como sucede con el cuatro, existen varias teorías sobre el origen de estos dos...

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Laughing Out Loud

It’s always good to laugh out loud—they say it’s good for the soul. This post is all about musician jokes, get ready to laugh a bit. Q. What is the difference between a savings bond and a guitarist? A. Eventually a savings bond will mature and earn money. Q. How many guitarists does it take...

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Cuatro Lesson: How to Play Natural Harmonics

A natural harmonic is a tone that’s created by touching the string above a fret on an open vibrating string. Place your index finger on your fret-hand above at the 7th or 12th fret. Don’t press too hard or you will mute the note, pluck the note and then pull your finger off. Timing is...

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Cuatro Master: Tomás Rivera Morales

Tomás Rivera Morales, simply known as "Maso Rivera" (November 13, 1927 – February 4, 2001), was a Puerto Rican musician and a major exponent of Puerto Rico's Jibaro (folkloric) music. Rivera composed over 1,000 instrumental compositions for the Cuatro, Puerto Rico's national instrument. Early...

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A Folk Instrument Orchestra

A Puerto Rican Orquesta Jíbara was traditionally composed of the native string instruments of Puerto Rico: the tiple, the cuatro and the bordonúa. These instruments were made from native woods using a peculiar technique of carving the body and neck out of a solid chunk of wood. The Puerto...

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Guide to Buying Your First Cuatro Puertorriqueño

Puerto Rican cuatros are one of the most sensitive instruments out there in terms of the ways in which their performance can be impeded. They are also one of the most lovely of all instruments. They are beautiful to look at, and they are wonderful to listen to and play. When assessing the quality...

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Learning To Be A Pro Isn’t A Hard Nut To Crack!

Do you play a musical instrument and want to master it? Are you tired of practicing the same thing over and over again without seeing any improvement? Worry not, as we are here to help you with some tips that will make you a pro. The very first and most important thing you need to do is identify...

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Ten Tips for Better Practicing

#1: The 10,000-hour rule. Scientists have proven these are the hours required to master anything, which is about three hours per day for ten years. There's no short cut. #2: Eliminate distractions. No TV in the background. Turn off phone and mobile devices. Ask people around you to respect your...

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