Conga Drumming Practice Exercises

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Conga Drumming Independent Hand Movements....5

Conga drumming takes practice to achieve the best sound and technique. Learn how to do some conga practice exercises for hand development with tips from a professional conga drum player in this free music lesson video.

Part of the Video Series: How to Play Conga Drums
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Part of the hand development for your exercises will deal now with the heel of your palm and the tips of your fingers. This stroke is the heel tip stroke. So I heel, tip. Notice how relaxed the arm is? The hand just sits there and rocks off the heel of your hand and the tips of your fingers. Very relaxed. When doing these exercises, try to be as relaxed as possible. First exercise you can try will be the heel tip slap, heel tip tone. And once you've developed your slap, you can do this. Heel, tip, heel, tip, slap, heel, tip, heel, tip, tone, heel, tip, heel, tip, slap, heel, tip, heel, tip, tone, heel, tip, heel, tip, slap, heel, tip, heel, tip, tone, heel, tip, heel, tip, slap, heel, tip, heel, tip, tone. Doing it with both hands. Practice these exercises with both hands. Five minutes each if you can. You will find that they will open up. Your hands will, so to speak, open up on the drum and be able to do a variety of things. Another hand exercise would be the heel, heel, tip, tip, heel, heel, tip, tip. One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and heel, heel, tip, tip, heel, heel, tip, tip. This is kind of like walking on the drum, so to speak. One-y and a two-y and a three-y and a four-y and a one-y and a two-y and a three-y and a four-y and a. Now you can move the one around, one and two and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and. Alright, you'll notice I started the one here. I started out here and then I went to here. I could go left. One and two and three and four and one and two and three and four and. Remember, try to be as relaxed as possible when doing these exercises. You want your hands to almost float on the drum. Another exercise is just doing this. These are all good warm up exercises for your hands, get your blood going in the arms. Exaggerate your tendons, raising your hands off the drum like this. Notice I'm resting my wrists on the drum. I'm just bringing my hands up. These are all exercises, hand exercises, you can develop. These are for your arms, your tendons, your wrists and slap back like that. Slapping back. Another simple exercise, heel, tip, tip, heel, tip, tip. Alternating hands, right, left, right, left, heel, tip, tip, heel, tip, tip.

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