Conga Course for Nowadays Music
What you'll learn
- The most practical technique exercises and rhythms for nowadays music.
- Being able to play the basic sounds on a conga drum.
Joannie Labelle studied percussion with various masters such as Paul Picard, Giovanni Hidalgo and Harouna Dembélé. She studied in Havana, Cuba, with masters Raul Lali Brito Gonzalez (Clave y Guaguanco), Alberto Villareal (Conjunto Folklórico Nacional de Cuba), Roland Salgado Palacio (Afro Cuban All Stars) and Panga.
After touring the world with different artists (Lara Fabian, Les Trois Accords, Afrikana Soul Sister) and developing great abilities for herself, she now wants to help you develop your conga playing, especially for nowadays music.
Since congas come from the Cuban tradition, it often feels difficult to find the right way to play them in non-traditional contexts. Some rhythms do not seem to blend with non-latin styles, or with the drum parts already present in an arrangement. Joannie wants to share with you the technique exercises and rhythms that she had found most useful for herself, in order to stay in good shape on the instrument, and to effectively play the appropriate rhythms on nowadays music.
That's why in this course, Joannie teaches you her favorite, most effective technique exercises and guide you step by step through the process to keep your playing in good shape. She offers you long teaching sequences with which you can practice and develop your skills.
Then, she offers you her most practical conga rhythms to play on nowadays music. Again, she develops the rhythms with you step by step, at different speeds, so that you can slowly get comfortable with them. In addition, you will have the opportunity to learn to insert "ghost notes" into your rhythms.
Finally, you can access training videos to practice with her, and audio playbacks to play alone at different speeds.
A warm thank you for your interest in this course,
Let's dive in!
Who this course is for:
- Conga lovers interested in being more comfortable playing on nowadays music.
Known for her sensibility and contagious groove, Joannie Labelle charms an audience as soon as she sings or strikes the drums.
She studied percussion with various masters such as Paul Picard, Giovanni Hidalgo and Harouna Dembélé. Joannie also studied in Havana, Cuba, with masters Raul Lali Brito Gonzalez (Clave y Guaguanco), Alberto Villareal (Conjunto Folklorico Nacional de Cuba), Roland Salgado Palacio (Afro Cuban All Stars) and Panga. She has been active on local and international scenes such as Montreal, Vancouver, Berlin, Hamburg, Bari, Doha and Kolkata, to name just a few, and has been adding her touch to various renowned artists such as Lara Fabian, Marie-Josée Lord and Les Trois Accords.
Joannie has a very unique talent, mastering different percussions from diverse cultures and being at ease in every musical context, from children shows to classical concerts. She galvanizes DJ sets, appears on TV, offers masterclasses, composes for dance performances, and is now producing a video series featuring worldwide percussionists. In addition, Joannie performs as a solo artist under the stage name Bea Box.
Joannie Labelle is a grant holder from Canada Art Council, Conseil des Arts et Lettres du Québec and is proudly sponsored by Meinl Percussion, Meinl Cymbals, Tama Drums and VicFirth Sticks.