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Tomas Cruz Conga Method Volume 2 - Intermediate

Essential Cuban Conga Rhythms

By Tomas Cruz with Kevin Moore, Mike Gerald and Orlando Fiol

Conga Drums - Intermediate
Essential Cuban Conga Rhythms. Composed by Tomas Cruz with Kevin Moore, Mike Gerald and Orlando Fiol. Perfect binding, Methods. Latin American. Book/DVD Set. Published by Mel Bay Publications, Inc (MB.20300DP).

Item Number: MB.20300DP

ISBN 9780786670802. 8.75 x 11.75 inches.

Volume II is aimed at two distinct categories of readers: 1) Intermediate players who are ready for a wider range of rhythms to study and use in live playing situations; and 2) Experienced congueros who have digested Volume I and now seek to understand the roots of the modern Cuban conga style. Having assimilated the material in Volume I, the student should be able to play basic Son Montuno, Salsa, Chachacha, and Bolero.

Volume II moves on to Guaguanco, Iyesa, 6/8, Changui, Afro, Mozambique, Pilon, Songo, Merengue, Bomba, Cumbia and other rhythms that a professional conguero will be expected to know. Each rhythm is accompanied by an article reflecting on its history and role in the "big picture" of Latin music and offering listening recommendations. Like Volume I, it uses the Step by Step DVD Method. A special 8-page appendix explains the often infuriatingly complex subject of "clave" with an unprecedented level of clarity and insight.

  • Part 1: Introduction 
  • Part 2: How to Use This Book 
  • Part 3: Afro-Cuban Folkloric Marchas 
  • Part 4: Marchas from Older Cuban Pop Music 
  • Part 5: Songo 
  • Part 6: Marchas from Non-Cuban Rhythms 
  • Part 7: Recursos and Soloing 
  • Appendix 1: Marchas Notated in 8th Notes 
  • Appendix 2: Understanding Clave 
  • Appendix 3: Bota and Songo Con Efectos 
  • Ratings + Reviews

  • 5

    Roman D
    Boston, Ma
    Difficulty Level:
    Early intermediate
  • 2008-01-09 00:00:00.0 The Tomas Cruz Conga Method, Volume II

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  • 5

    San Francisco, CA
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  • 2007-12-13 00:00:00.0 Great method!

    This method shows you the Cuban way to do Cuban (and non-Cuban)rhythms and you can go play gigs for sure once you are proficient with the different rhythms, the Songo section is my favorite. I can't wait to try Volume III but that is a very sophisticated...

    teaching, (3 congas at once paying "Timba"). I still need to practice Volume II for another year, very happily I might add!

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  • 5

    Orlando, FL
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  • 2007-02-13 00:00:00.0 best conga method

    best method for conga

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