Cuban Guitar Masters Class

Cuban Guitar Masters Class

Here is a very detailed lesson on the history, technique, and playing of the Cuban guitar.

Originally meant to be a complete book (book 3 of the Cuban Masters Series) it is now available for free… including the transcriptions.

If you ever wanted to learn about Cuban guitar and how it differs from other guitar styles, grab this and watch the video.

Here is a sample:

The guitar arrived in Cuba through the Canary Islands, and the through the strong Andalusian presence in Cuba.

It arrives in Cuba and settles on the eastern part of the country, although it was widely played in Havana as well.

The eastern part of the country developed a style that is called the Cuban punto, in which the guitar is the companion for the tres and the lute, accompanying popular songs… (plays the guitar as with a popular song). The guajiros, or peasants, used to sing at night backed up by guitar, tresgüiro, and tiple. These were the first popular guitar styles that started to arise in Cuba

There was a very big troubadour movement in Santiago de Cuba that contributed a lot to Cuban music. Sometimes people had no idea about what they would eat, but they were always singing (with a bottle of rum or moonshine).

As time went by the guitar itself evolved, as well as the way to play it.

Sometimes the lack of instruments gave way to different playing roles. For instance, the guitar was often played as a rhythmic instrument, and different strokes were developed.

Cuban-style guitar is very different than the one in the United States, where the guitar is a very melodic, playing solos and filling in all the parts that the singer leaves open.

In Cuba, those roles are played by tres and the lute.


An example of the transcription as well:

Classic Bordoneo (courtesy of
Classic Bordoneo (courtesy of

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