I don't know if the following rhythm is a tradional merengue pattern but when i went to S. Domingo I saw that, most of the time, the conguero is playing this pattern when a tambora player is in the band. If no tambora is playing you can alternate by playing the Merengue pattern suggested by Gilson Silveira (which is basically a tambora pattern with stick played on congas).
Thank to the author this score is also available into the InstrumentBook where you can find other stuff for this instrument: click here.
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This is just an extract of the instructional book by Laurent Lamy: 7 patterns. The original version contains text with instruction on how to perform the rhythms and the audio files!! Contact the author for more info or visit the store.
by Laurent Lamy
Non si tratta di un ritmo bensì di una particolarità della tecnica afro-cubana che sfrutta il movimento alternato del palmo e delle dita della mano sinistra (per i destri). I patterns utilizzati per la pratica del Tumbao li troverete tuttavia presenti in moltissimi generi musicali: son, son montuno, mambo, cha-cha, guaracha, guajira,salsa, funky, jazz e molti altri. La padronanza di questa tecnica rappresenta un obbiettivo fondamentale per chiunque intraprenda lo studio delle congas. Il movimento palmo-dita viene anche chiamato "MARCHA", e si effettua solitamante sul tamburo più alto (medio se a tre congas)..
This groove is based on the guaguanco.
The campana is a timba part and it is like pen tones of the guaguanco tres dos. The chekere part is based on the tumbadora salidor. The conga part is based on the cascara. The ensamble is a little like a buiguine.
created by Laurent Lamy
A contemporary rhythm (Juan Formell, Blas Egues and Changuito) which blends style as conga, son, rumba and other old and sacred Cuban styles. Songo is a very FREE-STYLE form, we have included variations on 3 or 4 drums.
A contemporary rhythm (Juan Formell, Blas Egues and Changuito) which blends style as conga, son, rumba and other old and sacred Cuban styles. Songo is a very FREE-STYLE form, we have included a Changuito pattern and many variations on 2, 3 or 4 drums.