We always recommend beginners to start playing congas under the supervision of a teacher.
Only an interactive class can correct you and let you develop since the beginning the right percussion technique.
Keep in mind that if you start with a wrong technique, will be harder and harder to fix it later as you play!
Having say that, it really helps the wallet and the learning curve to check what free video lessons the mighty Youtube.com has is its disproportionate video archive.
Well, the good news is that there are plenty of free video lessons available.
The not-so-good news is that recording a nice video lesson is not enough to make someone a percussion teacher – and this is where Percussion Conga is stepping in today, selecting the best free conga Youtube video lessons for you!
Continue reading to see the 3 best video series, to follow in the suggested order!
#1 Johnny Conga video lessons
Johnny is a friend of ours and a seasoned conga Master and teacher.
This is the first video series I personally study congas, and it’s still one of the best around!
In the videos Johnny explains calmly but very clearly all the basics a beginner needs to know – and anyone should never forget.
It also includes videos dedicated to the theory of clave and how it leads the latin music: because of this, we recommend to start your learning adventure with this playlist.
Video quality is excellent.
#2 Ruby Quesada video lessons
Ruby created a video series especially for the beginners that never played congas before.
This is a series of fantastic video lessons.
He explains things extremely clearly and at a very relaxed pace, always providing examples and exercises to practice on.
After the fundamentals, he goes into the basic rhythms and adds up to the more complex ones.
The reason why we suggest this videos after Johnny’s ones is because they’ll take more time and dedication overall to go through – but also more rhythms learned at the end of it.
Good video quality.
#3 Nate Torres video lessons
Nate did this video series in 2007 – when he was pretty young but already pretty good in teaching others.
In only 8 video lessons, Nate starts from the very fundamentals and quickly adds up into more sophisticated rhythms.
I found the teaching speed demanding for a beginner, reason why we recommend to go over this videos after the other 2 series.
Good video quality.
And you, what are your favorite instructional free videos?