Without having studied music, he played by ear, and yet he was a very good instrumentalist and a better composer; as he did not know how to write them, his creations were put on paper by other musicians, among which were Eduardo Arolas, Augusto Berto, Agustín Bardi, and Francisco Canaro.
He was greatly intuitive, who learned to play the piano by watching his friends play.
He even left the music on several occasions to work as a salaryman in different companies, such as Bunge & Born, Dreyfus, and in a notary's office.
He used to make up the melody of his compositions improvising during his concerts.
At one point he joined a group with Francisco Canaro, who brought him his first work "Pura uva" to paper.
In this period, Arolas would be in charge of the transcription of his compositions.