This is a simple introduction to the percussion conga components for who is starting now approaching this fantastic percussion instrument.
- Head: this is the drumskin, tipically on water bufalo skin or fiber material, that gives the sound characteristics based on the quality and thickness of the material
- Rim: this is the metal ring that hold down the head on the conga drum. There are different kind of rims with different profiles and thickness
- Lug: metal adjustable pins that hold the rim on the conga drum. Being adjustable allow to tune the conga head to have the right sound
- Shell: this is the conga drum body, a kind of barrel built in either wood staves or fiberglass.
- Bottom: this is easy to guess, just the lower part of the shell that can have a metal ring or just any kind of border in wood or rubber
In next article we focus on the conga’s shell: Choosing your conga: Wood vs fiberglass