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Bongo Grooves for Beginners DVD

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Product Description

Learning to play the bongos has never been easier than with this new DVD from Alan Dworsky, the award-winning author of Conga Drumming and How to Play Djembe. Designed for the first-time hand drummer, this video teaches fun, funky grooves that fit with all kinds of music. The instruction is clear and step-by-step, with no boring exercises. Each pattern is taught with overhead and side views, and slow motion is used to help make sure every detail is clear. The techniques used in this non-traditional approach are easy to learn and easy on the hands. Each lesson has a matching play-along track to practice with. The DVD comes with a PDF file with charts of all the patterns, and there's a section on the video explaining how to read the charts. Also included are tips on tuning and how to hold the bongos, explanations of basic rhythmic concepts, and examples of how to use the grooves to play along with recorded music or jam with friends.

About the Actor

Alan Dworsky is the author of several bestselling books for hand drummers, including A Rhythmic Vocabulary and Conga Drumming - both of which won the DRUM Magazine Readers Poll for Best Instructional Book - as well as How to Play Djembe and Hip Grooves for Hand Drums.  His videos include Bongo Grooves for Beginners, Gentle Djembe for Beginners, Cajon Grooves for Beginners, Left-Handed Guitar for Beginners, and Cup Drumming for Kids.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Alan Dworsky
  • Directors: Alan Dworsky
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Dancing Handa
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2011
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0053ZPH4G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,044 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Peter C. Davis on March 16, 2013
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This is the right place to start for a beginner like me. Started with the Kalani Bongo (and Conga) Jam videos, but glad to have this one now.
Another of Dworsky's titles is Gentle Djembe and that would fit this one, too. It feels comfortable from the start, like he's just out to show you the basics rather than smoke you with his chops. And it's also free from embedded manufacturer endorsements.
I love Latin music and when I'm ready I'll probably go back to Kalani et al. But I want to really get a solid foundation here first. For a beginner like me this is a fine introduction to the bongos without macho bluster.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By S. Sims on November 25, 2012
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I bought my fifteen year old daughter bongos and this dvd for her birthday. She has been really enjoying the bongos and this dvd makes learning the different bongo rhythms easy. Good purchase.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Satisfied Customer on May 14, 2013
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I am pleased with this DVD. It is better than expected. I am retired and my wife suggested that I learn to play a musical instrument. Now she wishes she had kept silent. Me, I'm having a ball.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Cali gadget guy on September 7, 2013
Instructor is very pleasant. Good camera angles and several enjoyable rhythms with play along tracks also. Does not waste your time with a lot of talking baloney just nicely instructed. This will get any age group going on bongos and give you a foundation to build on.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By D C McKay on April 6, 2013
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Fun, is the best way to describe it. Laid back and cool. Inspires you to enjoy playing the Bongos. Makes it easy to learn. Great techniques and wonderful play along sections. I enjoy it and look forward to practice after a long day. Dworksky makes it fun.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Search Alot on December 1, 2013
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Excellent basic demonstrations of 9 common rhythms. Alan goes slowly so you get the pattern and then plays with with another rhythmist so you really get the idea. You can then go to the section called play along where Alan just plays each rhythm without speaking, just watch and follow along with him. You really get the rhythm ingrained and can practice on your own, increasing speed if need be. There is a section on reading the charts of the rhythms if you prefer that. The camera work is very good so you always have a "bird's eye view" both in the instruction and play along sections....no fancy camera work...just show me what you are doing. Yes the end of the DVD advertises his other products and DVDs but if you don't want to watch them, don't.
This is an excellent basic, easy instruction on playing basic bongo rhythms for beginners. I highly recommend.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Carol Argo on August 9, 2013
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Alan does a nice job guiding the newbie drummer through simple rhythms and exercises. I enjoy going back to this DVD to review.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By kim allen on July 6, 2013
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I recommend this product for anyone who is interested in learning to play the bongos. The lessons are easy to understand with play-along tracks and easy to read charts that even the first time beginner can comprehend. I loved it.
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