Getting ready

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Re: Getting ready

Postby Kaban » Fri Oct 26, 2012 5:39 am

Jorge, thanks for taking the time to post, there is plenty to feed off. Motivation!
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Re: Getting ready

Postby RickCogley » Fri Nov 29, 2013 5:42 am

jorge wrote:Motivation: here you go...

Van Van, 2006, Joel Driggs on 2 congas, great groove and improvisation, great audience response.... etc ...
Play your drums.


That's great info, thanks!
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Re: Getting ready

Postby JohnnyConga » Sat Nov 30, 2013 3:23 am

Try this one drum tumbao by Mongo...c if u can keep up with him ..... http://youtu.be/R_DFgSYzrgI
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Re: Getting ready

Postby CongaTick » Sat Nov 30, 2013 4:09 pm

That's insane!
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Re: Getting ready

Postby JohnnyConga » Sat Nov 30, 2013 6:18 pm

Now that;s playing!..u can have 4 5 congas..but try this on one...I challenge all my pupils to do this as at certain stage of their learning process.... Mongo is the MAN!...
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Re: Getting ready

Postby Ebongo » Mon Dec 09, 2013 11:50 pm

I have one conga, and that is enough for what i would actually use with present time permitting. One conga, traditional style.

I agree, get a portable conga for the road. Only look for additional drums after you have become good with all the rhythms available for the drums you already have. If leaning towards one of the two big companies, check out Giovanni series or Woodcraft series. If your budget was bigger, go for Moperc, MattSmith, Spirit in the Wood, ManitoPercussion.

jorge wrote:
torpedo tom wrote:You are right my friend. I'll start looking harder. Thank you for your insight.


Why do you need to look for more drums? Sounds like you need some more motivation so you can't wait to get home and practice on the drums you already have. Get a travel conga so you can practice on the road, but 3 more congas? Why?

Motivation: here you go...

Van Van, 2006, Joel Driggs on 2 congas, great groove and improvisation, great audience response.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bionVBJ-Oi4

Cachao Descargas with Tata Guines on 2 congas (tack head tumba)
Best tumbao you will ever hear, not to mention his solos. Recorded over 50 years ago, still killer.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QD0363kwbO0
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L3YeQp4K4sE (tune your 3 drums to the piano/coro in the intro: Malanga Amarilla)

Fastest tumbao you will ever hear. Tata on 2 congas. Don't try this at home (actually don't try it OUTSIDE your home!)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z09Dmsdyd0o

Pedrito Martinez on 2 congas, great hand technique, great sound (nice Matadors, but he can make ANY drum sound good), perfect timing, tricky breaks, fantastic singer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MAoYmoVVK_4

OK, if you really want to learn how to play 3 drums, here is the gold standard, starting at 1:43.
Van Van, 1980 Joel Driggs on 3 congas, classic songo, Changuito on drumset
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FjrzvmAQokM

That should keep you busy for a little while.
Play your drums.
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