Play Congas Now: The Basics & Beyond (Spanish, English Language Edition), Book & 2 CDs

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Play Congas Now approaches conga playing in a very user-friendly way and is a must for all students who wish to learn the basic styles, patterns and techniques from world-renowned artist/teacher Richie Gajate-Garcia. The package contains two CDs with Richie performing all exercises and has play-along tracks to practice with. Styles include Cuban, Puerto Rican, Dominican, pop/rock, funk, and R&B, along with a section on school jazz band use. A complete study of the conga!
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780769296579
  • Publisher: Alfred Publishing Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2000
  • Language: Spanish
  • Edition description: Book & 2 CDs
  • Pages: 88
  • Sales rank: 1,335,120
  • Product dimensions: 8.96 (w) x 11.86 (h) x 0.24 (d)

Table of Contents

Audio CD Index 6
About the Author 7
Introduction 9
A Brief History 10
Notation Key 12
Conga Sizes 13
Tuning 14
Playing Positions: Sitting and Standing 15
Let's Get Started 16
Your Hands 17
The Sounds 18
The Open Tone 18
The Muted Slap 19
The Open Slap 19
The Heel-Fingers Motion 19
The Bass Tone 20
The Muffled Tone 20
Basic Notation 21
Note and Rest Values 23
Basic Reading Exercises 24
Sound Developing Exercises 31
Open Tones 31
Muted Slaps 32
Bass Tone 33
Heel-Fingers Motion 34
Open Slaps 35
The Clave 37
Son Clave 37
Rumba Clave 37
6/8 Clave 38
Preliminary Exercises 39
Conga Drum Patterns 41
Patterns from Cuba 41
Patterns from Puerto Rico 43
Patterns from Santo Domingo 44
Pop, Rock, R&B, and Funk 45
Pop, Rock, R&B, and Funk Patterns for One Conga 46
Drum Set and Congas 47
The High School Band 53
Independence Exercises 56
Mis Tres Hijos Play-Along 57
Additional Credits 58
Reference 59
Available from Richie 59
Spanish Translation: Texto En Espanol 63
Audio CD Index
CD 1
Track 1 Notes and Their Values, Ex. 1-7
Track 2 Notes and Rests
Track 3 Eighth Notes and Rests
Track 4 Quarter & Eighth Notes and Rests
Track 5 Sixteenth Notes
Track 6 One Eighth & Two Sixteenths
Track 7 Two Sixteenths & One Eighth Note
Track 8 Dotted Eighth-One Sixteenth
Track 9 Triplets
Track 10 Combining Quarters, Eighths, Sixteenths
Track 11 Combining Quarters, Eighths-Sixteenths One-Eighth
Track 12 Adding Two-Sixteenth-One-Eighth, Three Rests
Track 13 Adding the Dotted Eighth-One-Sixteenth
Track 14 Adding Triplets & Rests
Track 15 6/8
Track 16 5/8
Track 17 7/8
Track 18 Open Tone, Ex. 1-5
Track 19 Slaps, Ex. 1-5
Track 20 Bass Tone
Track 21 Heels Fingers
Track 22 Open Slaps
Track 23 One Conga, Ex. 1
Track 24 One Conga, Ex. 2
Track 25 One Conga, Ex. 3
Track 26 One Conga, Ex. 4
Track 27 One Conga, Ex. 5
Track 28 One Conga, Ex. 6 Old Tumbao
Track 29 One Conga, Ex. 7 Contemporary
Track 30 Two Congas, Ex. 8 Adding the Tumba
Track 31 Two Congas, Ex. 9
Track 32 Two Congas, Ex. 10
Track 33 Challenge Exercise (all exercises in succession)
Track 34 Patterns Cuba, Ex. 1
Track 35 Patterns Cuba, Ex. 2-Variation 1
Track 36 Patterns Cuba, Ex. 3-Variation 2
Track 37 Patterns Cuba, Ex. 4-Variation 3
Track 38 Patterns Cuba, Ex. 5-Variation 4
Track 39 Bolero, Ex. 6
Track 40 Guajira, Ex. 7
Track 41 Songo, Ex. 8
Track 42 Songo Variation, Ex. 9
Track 43 Guaguanco 3/2, Ex. 10
Track 44 Puerto Rico Plena, Ex. 11
Track 45 Puerto Rico Bomba Xica, Ex. 12
Track 46 Puerto Rico Jibaro, Ex. 13
Track 47 Puerto Rico Salsa, Ex. 14
Track 48 Puerto Rico Bomba Holandes
Track 49 Santo Domingo Merengue Patterns
Track 50 Merengue with Stick
Track 51 Merengue Accompaniment to the Tambora Part
Track 52 Merengue Ex. 2 and 3 Parts Together
Track 53 Merengue Ex. 2 Conga Accompaniment to the Tambora
Track 54 Merengue Variation
Track 55 Rock/Pop/R&B/Funk Patterns for One Conga, Ex. 1
Track 56 Rock/Pop/R&B/Funk Patterns for One Conga, Ex. 2
Track 57 Rock/Pop/R&B/Funk Patterns for One Conga, Ex. 3
Track 58 Rock/Pop/R&B/Funk Patterns for One Conga, Ex. 4
Track 59 Rock/Pop/R&B/Funk Patterns for One Conga, Ex. 5
Track 60 "Fields of Gold" w/Congas
Track 61 "Fields of Gold" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 62 "La Vida Loca" w/Congas
Track 63 "La Vida Loca" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 64 "If You Had My Love" w/Congas
Track 65 "If You Had My Love" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 66 "Sex Machine" w/Congas
Track 67 "Sex Machine" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 68 "Unchain My Heart" w/Congas
Track 69 "Unchain My Heart" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 70 "Two Hearts" w/Congas
Track 71 "Two Hearts" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 72 "Give Up the Funk" w/Congas
Track 73 "Give Up the Funk" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 74 "Disco Groove" w/Congas
Track 75 "Disco Groove" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 76 "Seven Days" w/Congas
Track 77 "Seven Days" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 78 "Homemade 7" w/Congas
Track 79 "Homemade 7" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 80 "High School" Swing Groove
Track 81 "High School" BeBop Groove
Track 82 "High School" Rock & Roll Groove
Track 83 "High School" Shuffle Groove
Track 84 "High School" Sixteenth Note Funky Groove
Track 85 "Perc Independence" (Tumbao One Drum)
Track 86 "Perc Independence" (w/Cowbell)
Track 87 "Perc Independence" (w/Shaker)
Track 88 "Perc Independence" (w/Tambourine)
Track 89 "Mis Tres Hijos" w/Congas
Track 90 "Mis Tres Hijos" wo/Congas (play-along)
CD 2
Track 1 "Guajira Pa Lissete" w/Congas
Track 2 "Guajira Pa Lissete" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 3 "Gozando Y Caminando" w/Congas
Track 4 "Gozando Y Caminando" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 5 "El Meneito" w/Congas
Track 6 "El Meneito" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 7 "Sabroson" w/Congas
Track 8 "Sabroson" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 9 "Techno Me" w/Congas
Track 10 "Techno Me" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 11 "Full Moon" w/Congas
Track 12 "Full Moon" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 13 "Shoe On Me" w/Congas
Track 14 "Shoe On Me" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 15 "Faldo" w/Congas
Track 16 "Faldo" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 17 "Lenny Kravitz" w/Congas
Track 18 "Lenny Kravitz" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 19 "Lou Kev" w/Congas
Track 20 "Lou Kev" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 21 "Symfonico" w/Congas
Track 22 "Symfonico" wo/Congas (play-along)
Track 23 "Rock Ya" w/Congas
Track 24 "Rock Ya" wo/Congas (play-along)
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