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Resources for Learning to Play Conga

Q: What resources does Artdrum recommend for learning to play the congas?

Yes, there is a great Conga Drum book, which includes a CD & DVD called, Conga Drumming - A Beginners Guide to Playing with Time by Alan Dworsky and Betsy Sansby.  Its easy to follow format will teach you correct technique, a lifetime's worth of beginner & advanced rhythms for single and double congas. It is a great rhythm reference book for advanced players and excellent instructional book for beginners. 

The Conga Drumming book and other similar resources can truly be very helpful, but playing with others and taking lessons from a professional teacher are probably the two fastest ways to learn.  Also, in the Central NJ (USA) area Artdrum offers conga & Afro-Cuban drum lessons.

Next to playing, listening is the next best thing; listen to as much conga and Afro-Cuban music as your heart desires. 

We recommend listening to Chano Pozo, Ray Barretto, Poncho Sanchez, Mongo Santa Maria, Giovanni Hidalgo, Carlos "Patato" & Armando Peraza, Candido Camero, the Afro-Cuban Jazz of Dizzy Gillespie (who worked with Chano Pozo & helped bring Afro-Cuban msuic to Jazz, Tito Puento's band & so many more.  The list of great players who not only entertain, but teach through their playing is nearly endless.


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