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A Collection of Rhythms for Conga Drums

A Collection of Rhythms for Conga Drums

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A Collection of Rhythms for Conga Drums

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95 página
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Lançado em:
Apr 6, 2011
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9781257416899
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Livro

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This book is to help gain a greater working knowledge of rhythms for playing congas, bongos or almost any percussion instrument. Included is an instruction and basic hand technique for congas. Among the many patterns presented are, Samba, Clave, Latin Rhythms, Afro-Latin, West African, Middle Eastern and many more. A varied collection of rhythms.
Editora:
Lançado em:
Apr 6, 2011
ISBN:
9781257416899
Formato:
Livro

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Introduction

The Tumbadoras or Congas are barrel-shaped drums originally made with stripes of hardwood and with a single skin nailed on the head (tuning was only possible by warming the skin with heat). The Conga drum is derived from a drum called makuta of Congolese origin. With the terms Congas and Tumbadoras we usually refer to a set of three drums:

Quinto, is the smallest (11"), high-pitched drum, and is commonly used for solos.

Conga or Segundo, the middle size (11 ¾") mid-pitch drum is used to answer patterns played on a Tumbadora.

Tumbadora or Tumba, the largest (12 ½") of the three drums low-pitch is used to lay down the foundation of the specific rhythm being played.

When playing with two drums, Conga and Tumba is a basic set-up for most congueros. In higher end drums you will find all three drums. The Quinto is generally played singularly for soloing. Nowadays companies manufacture excellent congas in both wood or fiberglass models all of them easy tunable thanks to lug or tuning screw fixed to the shell.

Tuning

While tuning is mostly a matter of personal taste and musical style here are a few pointers to keep in mind. You will have to make the effort and time to train your ears to hear and recognize the unique sound to the conga drums. Each drum and drum set will offer different tuning and situations. Explore the instruments different sounds and experiment with tunings.

Each drum has a special pitch that will speak most clearly for that drum. Latin music’s drums are generally tuned in intervals of fourths, fifths and octaves. With the Conga and Tumba, the Tumba is usually pitches a fourth or fifth lower than the Conga. But make sure the two drums sound pleasant when played together at the same time.

Remember!

Tune going around the head (don’t go across the head or alternate lugs or your head will eventually go out of round). Tune in small increments, usually lower to higher pitch. Tune each lug to the same pitch. Each drum should be tuned to where its full range of sounds resonates for as long as possible without undue overtones when hitting the drum with an open tone. Also, to get the best sound, rub a small amount of hand lotion containing lanolin into your drum head once they have been tuned. Use lug lubricant occasionally, but sparingly. And lastly, tune the drums down a turn or two when finished playing. This will extend the life of the drum heads.

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Nomenclature

L = Left hand – strike with left

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