World Percussion: Complete Lessons for Everyone
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World Percussion: Complete Lessons for Everyone

World percussion lessons taught by Grammy® artist Luis Conte. Learn congas, bongos, timbales & world percussion rhythms.
4.5 (12 ratings)
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Last updated 11/2016
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What Will I Learn?
  • Play many hand percussion instruments like the congas, bongos, timbale, shakere, cajon and many more.
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  • Any hand percussion instrument from congas, bongos and timbales

Whether you are a lifelong player or just beginning to play, we have world percussion lessons that will improve your music skills quickly. Our beginner to advanced world percussion lessons cover everything from posture, basic percussion rhythms and common patterns through advanced percussion combinations & developing that all important groove. Popular world dance rhythms like salsa and merengue are demonstrated and taught. You'll find multi-camera lessons show you Luis's skills up close, so you don't miss an important move. We teach you everything you need to master these instruments: Congas, Bongos, Timbales and more! Each instrument has a beginner, intermediate and advanced level of percussion lessons.  Occasional quizzes are included. Taught by multi-Grammy artist Luis Conte.

Who is the target audience?
  • Any level of hand percussion player, whether beginner, intermediate or advanced. There's plenty here for all ages and all skills.
  • People interested in learning to play world percussion or those who want to progress and learn from one of today's most celebrated percussionists.
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Curriculum For This Course
56 Lectures
Basic Congas and Bongos Lessons
20 Lectures 01:15:25

Meet Luis Conte and be introduced to the basics of world hand percussion

Preview 01:10

Learn to have the best congas posture

Learning the Conga (Basics)

How to tune the congas

Tuning the Congas

Learning to have the right hand position on congas.  It's easy to play the congas incorrectly and hurt your hand.  Luis teaches you how to play the congas with correct hand position.

Hand Position: Congas

How to make many different conga sounds are demonstrated and taught

Making Different Sounds on the Conga

This very common congas rhythm is important to master

Heel Toe Exercise

Important points you should know about learning to play the congas!

2 questions

How to play the clave

Introduction to Clave

Learn to play the clave along with the conga

Clave on Congas

A new, basic conga rhythm or pattern.

Basic Tumbao Pattern Conga

Variations on the basic Tumbao pattern on conga

Tumbao Variations Conga

Adding more combinations to the tumbao pattern variations on conga

Combined Tumbao Variations Conga

Learning single strokes on the conga in world percussion

Single Strokes Conga

Learn to play triplets on the congas

Triplet Exercise 1 Conga

Master the triplet rhythm on Conga

Triplet Exercise 2 Conga

Learn to play double strokes on the congas in world percussion

Double Strokes Conga

Learn the proper posture for playing bongos

BONGO posture

How to tune the bongos

Tuning the Bongos

Important questions to understand about the bongos

Bongo Quiz
3 questions

Learn this important basic skill on Bongos: proper hand positioning

Bongo Hand Position

Learn better bongo skills and bongo technique with these exercises

Bongo Exercises

An important, often used fundamental pattern for bongos, the Martillo

Basic Martillo Pattern - Bongos
Learning Timbale - Basics
8 Lectures 24:09

Learning the best posture for how to play the timbales

Posture for Timbales

How to set up timbales and how to tune timbales

Timbale Set up and Tuning

Learn how to hold timbale sticks

Timbale Stick holding

Learn the older and more updated styles of playing on timbale

Old and New Style Timbale

Important concepts to play timbales

Timbales Quiz
1 question

Learn this popular Cha-Cha dance rhythm on the timbale

Basic Cha-Cha for Timbale

Variations on the basic dance rhythm Cha-Cha on the timbale taught by Luis Conte

Preview 02:12

This important Albanico fill is used when the female dancer waves her "fan" (albanico) during a dance. 

Abanico Pattern on Timbale

Master this important dance rhythm with these timbales exercises.

Cha-Cha Exercise for Timbale
Congas, Bongos and Timbales - Intermediate
14 Lectures 01:06:35

Move on to a more advanced time signature, 6/8 Bembe pattern on the congas

6/8 Bembe - Congas

Learn the 6/8 Bembe on Shekere

6/8 Bembe Shekere

Luis shows you how to play congas and cowbell at the same time with independent rhythms

Conte Combo - Independence Exercise

Luis teaches the Son Montuno on the congas, a very popular dance and music in Cuba

Son Montuno - Congas

You will learn the Son Montuno a popular dance and music in Cuba on the bongos

Son Montuno - Bongos

Luis builds on the basic Cha-Cha pattern on congas

Cha-Cha Congas

You will learn the Salsa pattern, a product of various musical genres including Cuban, Spanish and North American music, on the Congas

Salsa - Congas

The Salsa pattern is now taught on the bongos by Luis. Salsa on bongos.

Salsa - Bongos

You will learn the Salsa pattern, a product of various musical genres including Cuban, Spanish and North American jazz, on timbales.  Learn to play salsa on timbales.

Salsa - Timbales

Luis Conte performs the salsa rhythm on timbales

Preview 09:16

You'll learn a new rhythm called Bolero to play on the congas

Bolero - Congas

Learn the bolero pattern on the bongos

Bolero - Bongos

You will learn the  Bolero pattern, a famous slow Latin/Cuban dance music

Bolero - Timbales

You will learn this Caribbean style of dance music on the Congas

Merengue - Congas
Advanced World Percussion
13 Lectures 01:07:19

Luis introduces the concepts being presented in the Advanced section of World Percussion

Introduction to Advanced Level Percussion

Variations on how to play 3 congas. How to play more than two congas.

Three Congas Variation 1

Variations on how to play 3 congas

Three Congas Variation 2

Variations on playing 3 congas

Three Congas Variation 3

Learn which beats to lean on or accent to create an authentic sound on congas, timbales and bongos

Soloing: Using Beats to Lean On

Luis performs and demonstrates how to "lean" on specific beats to create an authentic Afro-Cuban/Latin sound on congas

Soloing: Using Beats to Lean On - Performance

How to take a solo on congas by using the form of a song

Soloing: Using Form of Song

Building a musical solo on percussion

Soloing: Orchestrating the Solo

How to play the shuffle beat on the congas

Shuffle: Congas

Learning the shuffle beat on Timbales

Shuffle: Timbales

Explanation of the Samba rhythm

Samba: Explained

How to play the samba rhythm on congas

Samba: Congas

Playing the samba rhythm on shakers

Samba: Shakers

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