How to play the salsa conga beat?

HF

New Member
#1
Hi,

I searched for a while but did not find answer to my question: Is there anywhere a description how to play the standard conga/tumbao salsa rhythm pattern (that with the tutum on the 4 and the slap on the 2). I would prefer a written score with indications which note is played by the right hand and which with the left.

Any hint?
 
#2
HF said:
Hi,

I searched for a while but did not find answer to my question: Is there anywhere a description how to play the standard conga/tumbao salsa rhythm pattern (that with the tutum on the 4 and the slap on the 2). I would prefer a written score with indications which note is played by the right hand and which with the left.

Any hint?
okay, i'm not a trained musician, so i can only give you a layman's description. the following is for playing on one conga, because that is all i have been doing so far. lets say the basic tumbao is as follows:

"one-and-two-and-three-and-four-and" where the slap is at 'two' and the tutum is at 'four-and'

I play the tumbao in the following sequence:
Left hand: one-and (left hand beats twice)
Right hand: two (the 'slap'. at this stage, the left hand is still on the drum, so you get a closed sound)
Left hand:-and-three-and (now the left hand beats three times)
Right hand: four-and (the 'tutum'. here, the left hand is away from the drum so that you hear an open sound)

hope this helps.
 
#4
HF said:
Hi,

I searched for a while but did not find answer to my question: Is there anywhere a description how to play the standard conga/tumbao salsa rhythm pattern (that with the tutum on the 4 and the slap on the 2). I would prefer a written score with indications which note is played by the right hand and which with the left.

Any hint?
Have you checked Pete Lockett's Conga lessons?

Brad
 

Sagitta

Well-Known Member
#5
AustinDaze said:
HF said:
Hi,

I searched for a while but did not find answer to my question: Is there anywhere a description how to play the standard conga/tumbao salsa rhythm pattern (that with the tutum on the 4 and the slap on the 2). I would prefer a written score with indications which note is played by the right hand and which with the left.

Any hint?
Have you checked Pete Lockett's Conga lessons?

Brad
I have now. Thanks. :D
 

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