“how to play congas?”
We’d love to have a simple answer to this frequently asked question
Let’s see the possible approaches to learn playing congas.
The options are simply:
- classes with a teacher (either private or for a group)
- multimedia, like DVD, online videos, youtube etc.
- books about conga drums and percussions
Needless to say, private classes are a great option but expensive too.
Group classes are more fun but less effective as people have generally different background and different pace in learning rhythm and technique.
The multimedia options are vary and some are more valid then others, but in any case the lack of someone correcting you puts them in disadvantage compared with classes.
About books… we don’t encourage books for the beginner conguero… they are instead great resources for the advanced player that has already a well developed technique under the belt.
Considering that learning percussions is a never-ending process… for us the best way to properly learn balancing quality and price is a combination of the 3 methods.
Percussion Conga is happy to announce that starting with this article we’ll review for our readers the different products and options out there!
Keep on reading our first review…
Conga drum lessons by PercussionSecret.com
Percussion Secret presents a 2 DVDs product with online immediate access of the contents, featuring lessons on many percussion instruments from the brilliant Tim Irrgang!
We got online access to review the product for you.
The video lessons are really very well done: the record quality is perfect, with 2 cameras recording Tim playing from 2 different angles.
Tim explanations (in his Aussie accent ) are very clear, right to the point, and well balanced between what is discussed and what is shown on the instruments.
DVD 1 covers the basics of eleven common percussion instruments:
DVD 2 covers the conga drums in detail showing you some basic patterns plus how to effectively use them in a variety of styles.
There are 3 things we really liked in this video training series:
1) in the conga lessons after base and open tone, Tim teaches a simple rhythm to let the students practice before moving on with the slaps. I liked this because the slap is the most difficult sound to produce, so often the beginner students are frustrated if this is presented too early in the lessons!
2) there are examples of rhythms used not only in Salsa, but also in rock, swing and samba music, so after these lessons it’s already possible to cover different music styles!
3) good fundamentals in different percussion instruments at once!
We have to say that while congas are covered in good details, most of the instruments are just presented on a very basic level, so don’t expect an exhaustive set of lessons about *every* instrument covered because this is not what this product is about.
Instead, this product is an absolutely brilliant overview of many percussion instruments at once, exposed by Tim in very clear and effective lessons, with special attention to conga drums.
Because of that, we recommend this product to start with, before moving forward to classes or more advanced video series.
You can order now Percussion Secret DVDs from here:
Two DVDs with FREE shipping plus instant online access
Percussion Conga Staff