Archive for Bongos

Basic Bongo Techniques & Rhythm

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in Basic, Bongos, Latin · Comments Off on Basic Bongo Techniques & Rhythm

World drumming specialist, Alan Dworsky, teaches us how to play the ‘habanera’ rhythm on the bongos. His teaching style is clear and methodical (moving from simple to more complex in a logical way that build skills). You’ll learn about the PULSE, the TONE and hear the rhythm pattern played with and without background music. Try this rhythm at home, then take it to the streets (or wherever you want to take it).

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Steve Gadd, Luis Conte and Alex Acuña Jam

By · July 8, 2012 · Filed in Bongos, Congas, DrumSet, Funk, Latin, Latin, Timbales · Comments Off on Steve Gadd, Luis Conte and Alex Acuña Jam

This clip shows the importance of ACTIVE LISTENING within a musical jam session. Notice how the players support one another by playing complementary parts that help each other stay in the groove. They are also taking turns soloing (improvising) over the groove. All these players are master percussionists, but they don’t ‘show off’ or over-play. Their experience and skills in the art of drumming and music result in a very musical performance that is completely spontaneous. How did they get to be this good? They took time to learn about their instruments, played with lots of different people, listened to recordings of others and themselves and always worked to improve their drumming and LISTENING skills.

Consider ways you can take your listening and cooperative skills to the next level. Be open to feedback and improve each day.