The Real Conga Book, including MP3-CD (audio examples and play-along pieces from chapter 4 Sounds & Technique for Congas) is the first publication by the Austrian live and studio percussionist Herwig Stieger, who works as an endorser for Meinl Percussion and Mehmet Istandbul cymbals. Through his many years working with non-European music and his numerous study visits to Turkey (Orient Percussion), Cuba (Havana and Santiago de Cuba, Latin Percussion) and West Africa (Benin and Burkina Faso, Afro Percussion), he has come into contact with the percussion instruments of the countries he has visited, as well as their joie de vivre and mentality, in an intense way. He wants to pass on these experiences to his pupils and promote their techniques, coordination, creativity and musicality.
This course book therefore presents a comprehensive teaching and playing material of the Latin American way of playing the conga, as well as of percussion instruments like the clave, djembe or timbales. In 10 chapters that build upon one another, the player will learn everything about notation (for the instruments like conga, djembe, shekere and timbales), rhythm, clave, cascara and cowbell patterns, and sounds and technique for the conga (e.g. open and muffled tones, slap and floating hands). However, the largest section of the book is dedicated to short exercises and pieces which lead to rhythmical independence.
The Afro-Bell pattern, the heel-top system and the floating hands triplets and grooves, the bembe and the abakua style are presented in this way. The various rumba clave forms are given plenty of space (in binary, 3/2 or triplets). Further chapters are dedicated to solo patterns (with binary and ternary combinations), traditional grooves and breaks and Cuban rhythms (e.g. tumboa, son, songo, rumba, cha-cha-cha, bolero and others). However, even modern grooves for the conga and tumba are presented. Many small ensemble pieces in the various chapters round off the exercises and allow this book to be used in group lessons as well.
The audio examples and play-along pieces recorded onto the CD convey the authentic sound and the joy of playing this musical style and are thereby a big help for pupils. Another particularity of this book is the fact that the author has explained the sounds and percussion techniques in a YouTube video. A list of CD and literature tips gives you the opportunity to delve further into the world of Latin American music.
Notation for Conga
Notation for Djembé
Notation for Shekeré
Notation for Timbales
Notes & Rests
Independence and Coordination
Rhythm Patterns with Different Sounds
III Clave Cáscara Cowbell Patterns
The Clave Rhythm
Clave, Cáscara, Cowbell Patterns
Patterns in 6/8 Time
Clave, Cáscara & Cowbell Patterns
IV Sounds and Technique for Congas
Open & Muffled Tones
Conga Sounds & Techniques
Exercises for Heel Tip Technique (4/4 Time)
Floating Hand Technique for Two Congas
(Conga & Tumba)
Let’s Groove Together
Rhythm Is It!
V Rhythmical Independence
Afro Bell Pattern in 6/8 Time
Clave y Guaguancó
Patterns for Samba
Rumba Clave (binary)
Rumba Clave 3/2
Rumba Clave 3/2 «Son Clave»
Rumba Clave (ternary)
Son Clave 2/3 Rhythmical Shifts
Heel Tip System
Floating Hand Triplets
Floating Hand Grooves
Melodies for Conga and Tumba (ternary)
Floating Hand Grooves
VI Solo Patterns
Solo Patterns … binary
Solo Patterns … ternary
VII Traditional Grooves & Breaks
VIII Cuban Rhythm
Tumbao Conga Patterns
Tumbao Rhythmical Shift
Triplet Son Variations
New York version of a Mozambique
«Conga» & «Comparsa» (Cuba)
Cha Changüí Conga Pilón Bomba
Pilón «Modern Style»
Afro/Cuban 12/8 6/8 4/4
IX Modern Grooves
Modern Triplet Grooves for Conga & Tumba
Five Latin Grooves for Percuss ion Ensemble
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