yambu 'middle drum' part
This is a long shot
I spent about 3 hours yesterday watching the yambu 'middle drum' part being demonstrated [but unfortunately not taught] on the Spiro website by Jesus Diaz on cajon.
I was trying to transcribe it but just could not nail it down … I'm usually able to figure this stuff out, but I just could not get it!
By chance has anyone else every worked out exactly what he is doing and would be willing to share?
In particular what he's doing with his left hand on the side of the cajon …
It looks like its all on offbeats and is alternating single stroke/ double stroke – the singles would be 8th notes? But then the doubles would be 16ths and one would land on the onbeat? … but nothing would line up.
Anyway I got hopelessly muddled and confused and feel like I'm missing something simple and obvious.
If no one can help, I'll try it again later and if I get something I think is close I'll share.
Newbee Meinls or not?
Sorry to bother you with another ID topic. I'd love to share my percussion / drum knowledge with you, but unfortunately my knowledge on conga's is limited to the brands.
My apologies for not helping you conguys and congirls any further.
I've been given this set of Meinl Percussion conga's. At least, that's what the sticker shouts.
Can any of you confirm this? Or rectify? Sizes are 11 and close to 12''.
I couldn't find any info on them on the WWW nor here.
The exterior is badly scracthed. Some of the leg mounting screws / wing nuts were missing (now replaced by non-original).
However, the sound is very nice.
I'm not sure what to do with them. I'm more a marching drummer, than a percussionist.
Any info is very much appreciated.
Thanks, Wouter from Holland
Slaps tented or flat - or maybe a misunderstanding
My little epiphany re: slaps was when I started doing them with a flat hand.
A lot of slap explanation talks about using a tented hand or a cupped hand.
Mine didn't work well until I read about using a flat hand and visualizing playing
though the skin [ie: as if you were trying to hit with your finger tips below the skin] and grabbing it
I was watching a guy on youtube tonight who was espousing the tented version, but when I watched closer he was actually
playing with a flat hand ... the tenting part was really the result after the fact not the technique from the outset
So you go in with a flat hand ... smack through the skin ... and grab ... the result is a 'tented hand'
It's the result of the technique and not the actual technique itself.
When I try to 'tent/cup' my hand before playing a slap it hurts! When I play flat handed and the tent
comes after ... its effortless, loud, crisp and painless
Heel vs. Bass - are they the same ?
thank you all for providing such an amazing forum to all things conga related!
I've been learning conga playing since a while now, drawing from all sorts of sources (books, DVDs, youtube and a teacher...) yet I've still not found an answer to this almost paradoxial question:
Is there a clear distincion between a heel and a bass tone ?
By this I mean that if you lightly tap the skin with the heel it is clearly different from letting the full hand fall down heavily in the middle of the skin for a bass tone.
Changuitos 'Mano secreta' videos/books clearly teach a heel toe movement where the full weight of the hand seems to come down for the heel. Other books teach the same idea. It sounds like a bass when I do it. So instead of heel/toe I hear Bass/toe.
Should I just be more light in my touch on 'Changuitos Heel' to take some bass sound out of it ? Are these exercises just some technical preparations for the famous 'mano secreta' movements ? Or is there no distinction between a heel and a bass sound ?
Probably it is a continuum (between a light heel tone and a full bass), but thats just my interpretation so far. I'd love get some input from this knowledgeable community on this and I hope that this somehow makes sense as I'm a bit lost here.
"Hollywood By Meazzi" congas
Hi all, I just bought these old beauties, as I gather, they are Italian, probably from the 70´ties. They are "Hollywood By Meazzi" - just under 32 inches high, and 10" & 11,5". Anyone with more info on these ? tips for restoring them ? The skins look fine, no cracks, and they actually sound very decent.
Is it a good or bad idea to mix wooden congas with fiberglass ones or does it really matter? Your opinions.
Do wooden congas tend to sound differently as they age and are played more? I know as the wood in regular drum sets dries and ages that they tend to sound different, but these shells are made of maple, birch, combinations of different woods. I was wondering if rubber wood does the same. I have a set of Meinl Pros, quinto, conga, tumba, and a couple of Cosmic Percussion, conga and I think it is a requinto. They all sound fine but hope they sound better as time goes on. Thanks
one handed playing
Is anyone here who play conga one hand while playing on cowbell or cymbal. Can you pleas explain right way to do it. Maybe there are some videos on youtube. I just can't find enough information.
Thank you in advance.
Remo Heads for Old 70's Gon Bops
Do the heads that Remo make to fit the new Gon Bops also fit the old 70's drums or are there any heads Remo make that will fit?
I'd like to try out some plastic heads on my old Gon Bops. They are such light drums and so easy to take to small gigs but I'm playing a lot of louder gigs with a drummer and need a bit more projection. I'd also quite like to put a bit less stress on these old shells as the quinto is beginning to warp.
Newbie Conga Advice
A newbie here with questions!
I am a guitarist first but have aquired a number of other instruments to compliment my recordings, a couple of months ago I bought some second hand LP Aspire Congas and am having trouble getting a good sound from them.
I have spent quite a bit of time with them, tuning, trying different techniques etc and have read lots of threads and watched lots of videos in an attempt to better myself on this new instrument.
Taking into account that I am sure my technique needs alot of work, and also the fact that the instrument is probably entry level quality, I am really struggling to get a nice sound from these and thought I would post here for any advice kind folk might like to share!
The main issue appears to be the tuning / tone. I am getting better at this but as soon as I get what I feel is a better or more pleasing tone, they seem to slip out in a matter of minutes and I get almost sickly sounding ringing and overtones indicating the drum is out of tune with itself. I ensure that I give the middle of the head a good tap after each tuning adjustment but I still can't keep them in tune for the length of a take.
Is it possible that the heads or the rims are somehow damaged from the previous owner? It all looks ok but I'm not entirely sure what to look for. I have used a strobe tuner to get the drums into G and C, I have also experimented with damping which seems to help but it feels like I'm trying to damp the notes because they can't be trusted to stay in tune. I have also tried gel pads on the top of the heads but this seems to make the tuning uneven at the nearest lug to the gel pad.
I have watched some great clips of people playing LP Aspires on youtube getting that great dry popping sound so they must be capable of it.
Finally a question that I realise might be a stupid one to ask but is it possible I am tuned way too low!?. I am guessing that this probably isn't the case but its difficult to gauge how high in pitch and how tight I can go without tearing the skins. In all the clips that I watch the Aspires seem to have little ring, whereas the sound I get rings alot regardless of what I try. Again I appreciate that technique probably plays a large part here.
Thanks in advance!
Galaxy fiberglass congas
I recently purchased a pair of almost new galaxies but i'm not sure i dig the sound or feel. I have 2 patatos that i really like. I wanted a third drum so i found a deal on these galaxies and thought why not. I could get a new patato tumba which would cost me 1000 dollars or a conga and tumba, practically new galaxies for that price.
But now that i played them for a week, i dig the sound of patatos better than the galaxies. Galaxies are louder, beautiful drums but i like the slightly warmer tone of the patatos. Also the rims of the patatos feel better to me. The galaxy feel like they have a larger rim. Is that true or is that just in my head? Would i be crazy to return the galaxies and get the patato tumba for what would be the same price? Or is following my ears more important? Also im finding playing 4 drums is not alll its cracked up to be. What do you guys think?
Is having more congas overrated?
So I just bought 2 galaxy fibreglass congas to add to my 2 patatos and i'm trying to play them all together. Maybe its just my lack of experience on 4 drums, or jumping from 2 right into 4, but i'm finding that its not as fun as I thought it would be. Maybe I should work on 3 and add the 4rth one when im ready? i want to start getting into bata rhythms which are usually played on 3 drums anywAys right so maybe a 4th drum isnt even necessary. What do you guys think?
Rare Gon Bops congas - what kind of wood ?
I just bought these drums to a friend of mine, who needed both room and money, and told me they were very rare (what I believe). They are Gon Bops ICL-3000, and the telescopic wooden tube is a resonator.
But he could'nt tell me what kind of wood it was, and just thought it was not mahogany, which I am not sure of. Does anyone know this model, and can tell if it is - or is not - mahogany ? And then, what kind of wood ?
I thank you in advance.