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MODERN STUDIES AND RUDIMENTS FOR A
NON STYLE-SPECIFIC APPROACH TO CONGA DRUMMING

A companion for life for students of any level, advanced players and teachers, containing an ever-growing collection of studies presented as downloadable pdfs and accompanying streamable videos.

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Download the free "Introduction to The New Conga Lab" pdf booklet

The core content of THE NEW CONGA LAB, accessible in the subscribers' area, is regularly updated, with new studies added every month.
At present it consists of 72 written studies, 20 of which are accompanied by videos. Please visit THE NEW CONGA LAB's Youtube channel for previews.

STOP PRESS - for subscribers, current and past:

June 23, 2024

  • The study CORE C-2.1 was expanded, with three additional permutations

  • Minor bugs were fixed on the layout of CORE B-2.2, CORE B-2.3 and CORE F-8.1

  • Two new studies were added: CORE F-9.1 and CORE F-9.2

Free study of the month

CORE A-4.2 - ORGANIC - SYMMETRIC - FOR THREE CONGAS (short version)

This is a nice study that deals with a more integrated (or indeed “organic” as we like to call it) idea of independence.
Technically, the ostinato in this particular case is the actual “melodic” part, the one played on the open tones. This remains constant and alternates between the two lateral drums, while the more "rhythmic" element (the palm-tip part) stays on the central drum and evolves as the series progresses.
The palm-tip part also swaps hands as the lateral drums alternate, and on each line the same part is covering both its right and left hand version, making this a study of the “symmetrical” type.
The second half of this study, exercises 6 to 10, is when things start becoming interesting. You may want to stop and have a look at ex.6 before venturing into the whole series, to get a first idea of what this study is about and familiarise yourself with this particular combination of triplets and quavers.
The sticking remains the same throughout, as noted in the first exercise.

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