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
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Here is is my curriculum for my Conga drum course
The study 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
The Clave & pulse
The Clave today
Phrasing with the Clave
Variations on the Clave
Polyrhythms in Cuban Music
Cuban and Caribbean Rhythms taught are:
Caballo(Horse rhythm)-with variations
Rumba-with variations-columbia/abierto(open) 2Conga drums/one drum/New York street style rumba
Abakua-one drum pattern to 3 drum patterns
Mozambique-old school/new school variations
Cumbia(Columbia)-with variations on one drum to 3 drums
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
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 Afro Blue with variations
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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.
I have been a performing musician for 50 years. Some of the Artists I have worked with are Carlos Santana, Eddie Palmieri, Gloria Gaynor, Sergio Mendes and many others.
As a Teacher I have been teaching for 30 years and have taught at 5 Universities as Adjunct Lecturer.
I am the first Online Conga drum Instructor, which I started in 2006, and have gone on to teach many from around the world, and the United States.
I am an ONLINE Conga drum Instructor around the world for the past 12 years. I have taught thousands how to play the Conga drum over the past 30 years. I have also taught with my methodology and expertise at 5 colleges around the United States, as there is no curriculum like mine in America at any college, university or school. I have been performing on the Conga drum for over 50 years and counting...
I am a "Florida Folklorist" in the Art of Afro-Cuban/Caribbean Drumming and Music
As " Folklorist" in the State of Florida...teaching Caribbean drumming and music
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