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Johnny C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

HOW TO PLAY THE CONGA DRUM..this is what i teach..
This is my curriculum for my Latin Percussion course:

The study of the Conga drum, Bongos and Timbales

Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today which include: Also my methods developed over 25 years of teaching

Also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching
Sound development-utilizing the 5 parts of the hand Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner knuckles/and Tips of fingers- balancing of the hands€¦
Hand exercises which include my S.T.O.M.P method-Slap Tone Open Muffle Palm
Rudimentary hand drumming and approaches on Conga drum
One conga drum, 2 conga drums, 3 conga drums 4 drums
Styles in Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Latin Jazz , Folkloric, R&B, Pop, Jazz and other styles
Counting and keeping time
Stick control for timbales
Baqueteo patterns -Cascara(shell)of the timbal and cowbell patterns in clave
Abanico- 7 stroke and 9 stroke rolls
Styles on timbales-Danzon, Son, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero
Reading and ...

About Johnny

I have been performing for 50 years on the Conga drum and a teacher of How to play the Conga drum for over 30 years. I have performed with such notables as Carlos Santana, Johnny Lang., Orianthi, Sergio Mendes, Eddie Palmieri, Johnny Pacheco. and many many other Grammy winning artists. Lessons are conducted around your availability. Lessons can be an hour to an hour and a half long and you will have homework. you will need your own Conga drums. Learn from one of the best player/teachers in the world today

*** Lesson Details ***
Here is is my curriculum for my Conga drum course

The stu
dy of the Conga drum....

Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today, and also my methods developed over 30 years of teaching

Sound development-utilizing the 5 parts of the hand Heel/Palm/Fulcrum/Inner knuckles/and Tips of fingers
Hand exercises which include my S.T.O.M.P method-Slap Tone Open Muffle Palm
Rudimentary hand drumming and approaches on Conga drum
One conga drum, 2 conga drums, 3 conga drums
Styles in Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Latin Jazz and Folkloric
Counting and keeping time
Stick control for timbales
Baqueteo patterns -Cascara(shell)of the timbal and cowbell patterns in clave
Abanico- 7 stroke and 9 stroke rolls
Styles on timbales-Danzon, Son, Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Cha Cha Cha, Bolero
Reading and writing for Latin percussion
Latin Rhythm Theory
Ensemble performance
The Clave & pulse
6/8 Clave
Son Clave
Rumba Clave
The Clave today
Phrasing with the Clave
Variations on the Clave
Polyrhythms in Cuban Music

Cuban and Caribbean Rhythms taught are:

Bolero-5 variations
Caballo(Horse rhythm)-with variations
Guaguanco-6 variations
Rumba-with variations-columbia/abierto(open) 2Conga drums/one drum/New York street style rumba
Abakua-one drum pattern to 3 drum patterns
Plena(Puerto Rico)
Bomba Sica
Bomba Yuba
Merengue(Domincan Republic)
Mozambique-old school/new school variations
Cumbia(Columbia)-with variations on one drum to 3 drums
Bembe(Afro) variations
Conga Comparsa(Carnival drumming) with variations
Calypso(Trinidad) one to 3 conga drums with variations
Bossa Nova(Brasil) with variations from one to 3 conga drums
Samba on 2 to 3 conga drums
Songo with 9 variations
Pilon on 3 congas
Iyesa with variations
6/8 basic one conga drum to 3 conga drums
Guarapachangeo with variations from 2 drums to 5
Ritmo Pa Ca
Jala Jala
Tumbaos(basic rhythmic conga patterns for Latin Dance music) with many variations
6/8 Bell patterns on conga drum with variations
Mongo Santamarias tumbaos and rhythmic approaches
Mongos Merengue
Mongos Afro Blue with variations

*** Studio Equipment ***

*** Travel Equipment ***
Congas/bongos/timbales/hand percussion

*** Specialties ***
I teach Latin percussion, conga drums, timbales, bongos and assorted African and Brazilian percussion as well.
I teach what is called the "Cuban" method of learning how to play as it is taught in Cuba today, along with my own developed methods. Yes I teach online. 


John April 28, 2016
Percussion · In studio
Verified Student
Great first visit with Johnny!
Juan P. April 13, 2016
Conga Drums · In studio
Verified Student
Experienced, patient and down to earth, I highly recommend Johnny Conga.
Shawn L. September 1, 2015
Conga Drums · In home
Verified Student
A wealth of knowledge and skill. Very glad I'm having classes with Johnny
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Johnny C.

Johnny C.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33313
starting at
$39.95 / 60-min

Jimmy D.

North Miami Beach, FL

About Jimmy

After spending years touring and recording with many artist such as John Cougar Mellencamp,Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin to Jennifer Lopez.
I can help you get REAL knowledge of what it takes to play and be successful on your instrument .


Vincennes, Indiana (1997-80)

Boston, Mass. (1981)
Bachlor of Music Degree in Professional Music

Vincennes, Indiana

Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba
tion in Advanced Percussion

Accra,Ghana (West Africa)
Certification in Ghanaian Percussion


Miami, Florida (Present) Dance Music Dept.

New York, New York Drumset Technique

New York, New York Haitian Folklore Drumming

CAPPELLA DRUM STICKS (1994-96) France, Germany, Italy,

Standford, Connecticut World Music Drumset Technique

Also studied privately with
Gary Chaffee, Alan Dawson, Bernard Purdie, Joe Morello,
Horacio Negro Hernandez, Steve Jordan and Johnny Almendra

*** Lesson Details ***
From your very first lesson, I will work with you to determine what specific goals you have so we can custom fit the methods, materials and keys to fulfilling them together. I have the patience and the enthusiasm to get you motivated if you bring the commitment.
My studio is in a safe, family-friendly home & smoke-free environment and sessions will be comfortable, yet challenging.

Knowing from experience how "boring" it can be to learn solely from books, I combine technical work with fun time playing duets together, improvising, and exploring a wide variety of styles and genres of music.
Students will learn all the basics of drumming, and also spend time developing strong ensemble skills and strong background knowledge of style and repertoire.
I make a special effort to invest in each student’s particular needs, utilizing a variety of tools such as supplemental workbooks, ear training, sight reading, note spelling, etc. as necessary.Each lesson will conclude with an assignments to work on throughout the week.Music theory sheets and technique exercises will also be included in the assignments.

I do strive for excellence and believe every student should work to be the best they can possibly be, while having fun doing so!

*** Studio Equipment ***
Music studio w/ 2 drum sets, various percussion equipment, and seating for parents

*** Travel Equipment ***
I can provide Drum pad if needed.
If student is learning drum set they need to supply it if lesson is in their home.

*** Specialties ***
I have played and recorded with John Mellencamp,Diana Ross, Aretha Franklin,Gladys Knight ect.. to name a few and have many years of studying,researching and teaching in many modern and specific styles. Also spent many year Traveling thru Africa,Brazil,Cuba,Haiti,New Orleans and the Caribbean and studying different idioms and have REALLY knowledge of these disciplines.
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Jimmy D.

Jimmy D.

North Miami Beach, FL 33160
starting at
$40 / 30-min

Jerry J.

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Lessons using different types of percussion instruments also learning theory and technique.

About Jerry

Hello, my name is Jerry and I've been teaching drums for over eight years! I teach various styles of music so whether you're interested in classical theory studies or like would play by ear I am able to teach new ideas and help develop a practice routine to meet your specific needs! In no time, you will be able to perform whatever your musical heart desires. I have a great studio for your learning environment equipped with everything you will need.

Please contact TakeLessons to set up an introductory lesson with me.

(I am also a beginning piano teacher, as I also studied classical and ja
zz piano in college.)


Darleen April 7, 2016
Drum · In studio
Jerry is the drum instructor for a young man interested in playing the drums in our church. Jerry was a very delightful, caring and knowledgeable instructor. Our young man just loves him and look forward to attending his drum lessons. Real glad we chosen him to work with.
Filippo V. June 18, 2015
Drum · In studio
Jerry is an awesome music teacher and a great role model for my 10-year-old son. He instills both passion for music and discipline - serious fun!
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Jerry J.

Jerry J.

Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
starting at
$24.95 / 30-min

Charles M.

Hollywood, FL

I've been teaching Music for 5 plus years and my students have gone on to accomplish great things. My goal and challenge for every student is to teach them how to play, read and listen to music. This will enable them the ability to play any song and any style of music. I specialize in Jazz, R&B and Classical. Typically I learn my students leaning habits whether its hands on or visual and their attention span, so I can't effectively teach my students. Can't wait to meet you!

About Charles

I have acquired over five years of teaching experience, travel from ages 5 to 17 acting and playing music. In addition I am a full-time music teacher and spend my free time volunteering at a local high school teaching music. I love music and teaching, it is amazing to see the look on a student face when they learn something new and even better when they perform and stun the audience the joy that my students get makes me happy its confirmation of a job well done.


Yadira February 16, 2016
Trumpet · In studio
Verified Student
What I liked about Charles' teaching style is that he pushes, but in a very good way. My son took lessons with him, and a lot of times he can have teachers running in circles around him, but Charles was able to instruct in a way that worked very well and kept him focused.
Gagnon P. January 12, 2016
Piano · In home
Verified Student
Great piano teacher!
Liza L. January 7, 2016
Drum · In studio
Verified Student
Charles is a very good teacher, we had great time
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Charles M.

Charles M.

Hollywood, FL 33020
starting at
$25 / 30-min

Joel H.

Hialeah, FL

Recommended books:
-Stick Control: For the Snare Drummer by George Stone

I will expect students to study and practice on their own time. I will provide learning material. I will expect improvement every lesson starting from day one. We will get to know each other, set goals, and start from there. We will also be following a lesson plan.

Sight reading, rhythm, and ear training will be included in the lesson.

About Joel

I am a 21 year old composer and musician currently working towards a Bachelor's in Music Education. I've been playing the drum kit and piano / performing since i was twelve years old. I am now under the instruction of the pianist & composer: Marc Douyon. As well as taking advanced piano & jazz drum lessons further expanding my skills and knowledge as a musician. I've also won multiple composition contests.

Music is a language, a science, a type of math, and an art. No matter what angle you look at it from, it's beautiful. I want to show others the joy that expressing yourself through music
can bring you.

And remember, don't stop practicing!

***Lesson Details***

Everyone learns at their own pace and I will adjust my lessons according to the skill level of my students. I can provide the necessary material for the lessons but will recommend books that will enhance your playing. I would prefer to teach lessons at my church that I currently perform at called Iglesia Buenas Nuevas in Hialeah. But I am also willing meet up with you anywhere within a 25 miles radius of my home address.

Having your own instrument is NECESSARY so students can practice on their own time. At the church I can provide the instruments for the lessons: I have a full four piece drum kit, and a mini grand piano. The church is available to me at all times.

ALL lessons will include sight reading, rhythm, and ear training.


Manny April 13, 2016
Piano · In home
Joel is a young man who is very dedicated and knowledgeable. He was very patient with my 13 year old granddaughter and voluntarily stays overtime to finish the task. He did an awesome job.

I would recommend him.
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Joel H.

Joel H.

Hialeah, FL 33010
starting at
$20 / 30-min

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