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Conga Drumming: A Beginner's Guide to Playing With Time W/ CD Paperback – July 25, 1996
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Top Customer Reviews
One thing I didn't expect to like, since I can read regular music notation, was their concocted music notation. To my surprise, I like theirs better. It's very intuitive, and after a while, you can pretty much sight-read the rhythms. If I hear/see a conga pattern I like in the future, I'll probably write it down using their notation.
If you are into conga playing, get this book for the price of half a conga lesson I am sure you will get some mileage out of it. I have been playing congas for years and I discovered a few things in this book I didn't know. Go for it! (...)
The CD is enormously helpful. In fact, it's laughable sometimes to try to work through a new pattern without listening to the corresponding CD track first. Guaranteed you will not have the emphasis or attack right!
I also fully agree with another reviewer that the notation is so good that I've adopted it for my own use. The downside is that this is NOT commonly-used notation for congas. As a result, when you pick up other conga books, you will have to adapt. That's not enough of a barrier to keep someone from this book though, and I should also point out that conga notation isn't exactly standardized anyway.
One of the more impressive aspects of the methods in this book is the holistic approach, for example, teaching how to feel the clave underneath the rhythms you're playing. The book also does about as good a job as any book can at teaching the hand technique, although I highly recommend complementing this with good videos of accomplished conga players. Youtube, for example, is a great resource. Here again, though, you will find different philosophies of technique, and again your teacher may have his own emphasis.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As advertised but disappointed it did not come with the accompanying CD.Published 23 months ago by William Carpenter, Jr.
Good product. Worth the price. If you think this might be what you're looking for today, give it a try.Published on December 6, 2013 by Tucson Bob
Great guide for beginners. The cd however,will start from the beginning when trying to review previous lesson.great book for all levels.Published on April 7, 2013 by dwayne walker
The congo Drumming, A Beginers guide to playing with time, is usful for begginers like myself, however I am more intrested is using it in conjuncion with our church band and the... Read morePublished on November 5, 2012 by MikeK
This would be close to what I was looking for if it would have had the cd which was supposed to come with it. Without the cd it's not very useful.Published on September 9, 2012 by J. Dilworth
I recieved my order, book is great however they sent me a cassette instead of a CD, I don't own a cassette player any more. So its no use to me. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by King Dragon
Great Conga book. Was recommended to me by others. The only thing that I don't like about this books is that it doesn't use standard notation.Published on October 3, 2007 by Gerard J. Remillard