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"Kids say the darnedest things!" Can't get better.
Regarding your Maso Rivera video. I'm surprised at how such small instruments are still usable.
Looking at the small instruments, I was remembering something that happened a few years ago during a Christmas concert. I got to play with an orchestra a Song called "El cielo canta alegría". It was a really fun place to play: nearly a hundred singers, a tenor, a symphony orchestra and they needed a charango (another wild guitarroid I really like with 10 strings... this one is very small, though), I really had a lot of fun playing the charango that night.
After the concert, I heard a mother asking her kid "Which song did you like best?". The kid said "The one with the really large guy playing the really small guitar".
"Mandolin on steroids." Nice way to describe it. The players who gifted Ortiz the cuarto were from Venzuela. I didn't realize there are several kinds of cuarto: Puertorican, Cuban, Venzuelan, and ?
This is more like it. The tuning you give is interesting also with the third in the middle.
These were the YouTube videos I saw. Thanks for the additional information, Juan Pablo! Four single strings makes very good sense.
Sorry a d' f#' b
No. Single strings. It is tuned a d' f# b. Usually more strumed than plucked. While it looks similar to a Ukulele, it needs a very different technique and usually plays very different music.
Construction is similar to that of a baroque guitar in that the fingerboard finishes flush with the top of the instrument. I would say that it is a very nice instrument to play.
Boston Globe, 8/22/2016, pag C2. There are performances on the cuarto in YouTube. David ("Papu") Ortiz is a very popular, and excellent baseball player, and will retire this season. Hence the players on the Tigers presented him withe the instrument. It seems to have 4 courses with double strings.
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