Tomas Cruz Conga Method Volume 1 - Beginning (Conga Technique as Taught in Cuba). Composed by Tomas Cruz with Kevin Moore, Mike Gerald and Orlando Fiol. For Conga Drums. Squareback saddle-stitched, Methods. Latin American. Beginning. Book/DVD Set. 72 pages. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20299DP).
ISBN 9780786670819. Latin American. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.
In Volume I, Tomasito reveals the time-tested conga method which he himself studied with "Changuito" and other master congueros at the ENA conservatory in Havana. Volume I starts at the absolute beginning and is designed for the person who has never touched the congas, but is also of great value to the advanced player who wishes to understand the foundation and rudiments of the approach that has allowed the ENA and the other Havana conservatories to consistently turn out so many world class congueros each year.
Volume I begins with simple exercises to develop technique and systematically works its way through rudiments and recursos for use in solos and fills and basic rhythm patterns such as Salsa, Cha-Cha and Bolero. These are presented using the unique Step by Step DVD Method, which enables the student to learn the patterns by watching the DVD and imitating Tomasito as he builds the patterns stroke by stroke. This, combined with a special type of notation designed to be simple for those who don't read music, results in a conga course that really works, rather than just another reference book to add to the bookshelf!