The quinto (literally fifth in Spanish) is the smallest and highest pitched type of conga drum. It is used as the lead drum in Cuban rumba styles such as guaguancó, yambú and columbia.
Songo is a genre of popular Cuban music, created by the group Los Van Van in the early 1970s. Songo incorporated rhythmic elements from folkloric rumba into popular dance music.
Learn rumba columbia patterns in this video lesson. Columbia is a fast rumba, in a triple-pulse (6/8, 12/8) structure, and often accompanies the standard bell pattern struck on a guataca (‘hoe blade’) or campana.
Add variation to your tumbao by playing the congas “Changuito” style. Instructor Edgardo reflects back on his teacher and mentor José Luis “Changuito” Quintana.
Learn how to add “flams” when playing Tumbao in this video lesson. A flam is a sound that is made from hitting your conga drum with both of your hands almost at the exact same time.
Learn how to spice up your tumbao “Patato” style in our latest conga video lesson. Instructor Edgardo Cambon opens up to 2 and 3 drums.
Learn martillo variations on the bongo drums in this video lesson. Master instructor Edgardo Cambon demonstrates how different licks and variations can be incorporated while still maintaining the melody.
Learn how to play the bongos in this video lesson. First-time hand drummers will practice the basic martillo rhythm and other beginner patterns and grooves.
Candombe is an Uruguayan music and dance style originating with African slaves. This Uruguayan music style is based on three different Candombe drums: chico, repique and piano drums.
Learn Rumba Guaguancó on the conga drums in this video lesson. Discover the difference between the three Guaguancó parts – the tumba, tres dos and quinto.
In North America, the basic conga drum pattern used in popular music is called tumbao. Learn how to play 3 variations of the tumbao rhythm on conga drums in this free music video lesson.
Learn how to play the basic tumbao rhythm in this video lesson. The tumbao rhythm, or marcha, was traditionally played on only one before various artists started incorporating other congas.