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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby KidCuba » Fri Oct 18, 2013 6:49 pm

Johnny... In the mano secreta movement you noted is "Tp" one stroke - both the tip and palm falling on the drum at the same time?
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby rhythmrhyme » Fri Oct 18, 2013 7:59 pm

IMHO - this should be a "sticky" thread for Johnny that stays at the top of this section.

If there are other well accomplished instructors on the board, it makes sense if they have a sticky as well. Otherwise folks need to go searching the forum for them, which doesn't make much sense.
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Fri Oct 18, 2013 10:05 pm

No they are individual strokes..Tp is one, Palm is another...
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby Kaban » Sat Oct 19, 2013 4:45 am

As simple as "P Tp Tp P Tp" looks on paper (online) its not! I remember doing this one with JC, because I was so frustrated that such an exercise that should have been easy wasn't. During the exercise/drill JC corrected me on timing, sound development, lifting hand to early, to late, speed up, faster, now faster, to much palm with right, not enough with the left, your hands are getting to far down on the drum, too tense, relax, speed up, keep your elbows in, you skip the p tone...etc.

The above is why JC is a good instructor, it sounds like boot camp, but it's done with patience and a gentle push. Anyone can show you a pattern (as seen on Youtube), but not everyone can make you a better conga player.

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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Wed Dec 04, 2013 4:34 pm

Great in the pocket conga solo by Giovanni with it transcribed out as well...

http://youtu.be/rv0TR8BE8ig
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby Marcus » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:29 pm

Thx Johnny,

I need to spend some time writing down the transcribed solo. In my inexperience this sounds like the 3-2 son clave. Does that sound right?

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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Thu Dec 05, 2013 3:45 pm

Sorry Marcus it's in 2/3 son clave.... i am available for ONLINE instruction...if your confused about clave...
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby Marcus » Fri Dec 06, 2013 4:07 pm

Hey Johnny,

After our conga camp this spring that is a plan. Right we are a bit behind on the technology, but that is on its way.

thank you again for the 2-3 clave advise, will work on it.

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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Fri Feb 14, 2014 4:45 am

I started out in my early years to learn how to 'play along' with Conga drummers on record.. This is one example..it's Patato playing a 2 drum Tumbao thru the whole tune, uptempo...see if you can also play along with him lick for lick , it's pretty straight ahead .and not that easy to do .......it's on Spotify.com
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http://open.spotify.com/track/1USklPVE6zy4gPcH8nU86w

here is the link on youtube.com ... http://youtu.be/Ay-iM90I66w
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Thu Feb 20, 2014 3:47 pm

No comments about this??...
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Sat Aug 23, 2014 3:47 pm

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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Tue Sep 16, 2014 2:12 pm

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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby Kaban » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:10 am

Hey JC, have you ever counted how many variations of Mongo Santamaria's tumbao that you know?
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Re: Conga Technique, sound development, exercises

Postby JohnnyConga » Fri Oct 17, 2014 3:25 pm

No I haven't actually...he had his few I would say ...breaking up the Guaguanco into a Tumbao was significant to me, as nobody else had done that or since actually..
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