What I teach...

Johnny Conga
Submitted: Thu, January 10, 2013 - 1:49pm EST
About me
My syllabus for learning how to play the Conga drum

The study of the Conga drum

Cuban methods as taught in Cuba today and also my methods developed over 25 years of teaching
how to play the Conga drum.
‘Balanced hands” .my methods of ‘balancing” both hands to do the same things on the Conga drum
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/H=heel Tp=tip
Rudimentary hand drumming and approaches on Conga drum-paradiddles, congadiddles, ruffs, and more
One conga drum, 2 conga drums, 3 conga drums
Styles in Mambo, Rumba, Salsa, Son, Latin Jazz, Folkloric, Pop, R&B, Jazz, Free Style
Ol skool ‘split hand’ methods
Counting and keeping time
Odd time playing 5/4, 7/4,
Stick control for timbales
Baqueteo patterns -Cascara(shell) of the timbale 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 Phrasing with the Clave

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 using short and long cowbell patterns
Guarapachangeo with variations from 2 drums to 5 conga drums
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
Conga drum soloing-2’s and 3’s

“Cognitive Discovery” with the Drum: A new way of learning how to use your brain in ways to develop your intake of information and how it's interpreted on the Conga drum.

Music Genres: 
Performances on Congas/quinto/Bata/timbales and vibraphone