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Basic Bongo Rhythms | Bongos

Learn how to play the bongos in this video lesson. First-time hand drummers will practice the basic martillo rhythm and other beginner patterns and grooves.

Practice playing on the Latin Percussion Bongo Drum: http://amzn.to/1X5v0dZ

Bongos (Spanish: bongó) are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open bottomed drums of different sizes. In Spanish the larger drum is called the hembra (female) and the smaller the macho (male). Together with the conga or tumbadora, and to a lesser extent the batá drum, bongos are the most widespread Cuban hand drums, being commonly played in genres such as Cuban son, salsa and Afro-Cuban jazz.

Bongo drums produce relatively high-pitched sounds compared to conga drums, and should be held behind the knees with the larger drum on the right when right-handed. It is most often played by hand and is especially associated in Cuban music with a steady pattern or ostinato of eighth-notes known as the martillo or “hammer”. They are traditionally played by striking the edge of the drumheads with the fingers and palms. The glissando used with bongó de monte is done by rubbing the third finger, supported by the thumb, across the head of the drum.

Bongo drummers are known as bongoseros.

Latin Percussion Instructor: Edgardo Cambon

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Learn how to play the bongos in this video lesson. First-time hand drummers will practice the basic martillo rhythm and other beginner patterns.