I have noticed that most of the time even those of us who practice djembe or dunu regularly are practicing at a normal comfortable speeds or moreover, the same speed with out knowing it. We may be learning new phrases or rhythms, but generally we default to our own comfortable natural speed. The problem is that we all have different natural speeds we drum at and the more you practice drumming at the same speed, the more you get locked into only being comfortable playing at that speed. This is why many people don’t improve in certain areas of hand drumming and also why they aren’t able to play well or comfortably in different playing situations or more importantly when the rhythm speeds up. Simply put, if you want to …
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Have you heard of the Mano Secreto? It is the secret hand technique used and first made popular by percussion legends Changuito and also Giovanni Hildago. Prior to these great conga players there was another player named tat Guines in Havana Cuba who was developing this technique. Why is it secret? Because until recently (well about 10 years or so ) no one else could do it. Now everyone is doing it but there are not a lot of great instructional videos about it unfortunately.
Here are some tips on and about buying a used conga drum.