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Contemporary Conga Playing 

"For me, becoming isn't about arriving somewhere or achieving a certain aim.  I see it instead as forward motion, a means of evolving, a way to reach continuously toward a better self.  The journey doesn't end." 
Michelle Obama 

Back in the 1970s, when I first took up the study of conga playing in the States, the route to proficiency was: (1) learn the five main notes that you could produce from a conga (bass, open tone, slap, muff, and rim) and, (2) build up your rhythm repertoire.  Conga players then…

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