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    Writing Conga Parts

    Hello, all...

    I need help writing a conga part. I confess to never having played one. If I send a MIDI file of what I want to hear, and my guesses about how to execute it, can someone definitely set me straight???

    Thanx...Jim
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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Are you writing for one, two, three, four, or five? I would have you send me the midi file except I haven't anything to play it through, yet.
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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Just for grins
    Terminology for the drums varies. Here, the naming system used is a composite of those mentioned before with those currently in use my major conga manufacturers. The drums are discussed in order from largest to smallest; the sizes of the drumheads given vary considerably by manufacturer, model, and style.

    The supertumba can be as large as 14 inches across (35.5 cm).
    The tumba is typically 12 to 12.5 inches across (30.5 to 31.8 cm).
    The conga is typically 11.5 to 12 inches across (29.2 to 30.5 cm).
    The quinto is typically around 11 inches across (about 28 cm).
    The requinto can be smaller than 10 inches across (24.8 cm).
    The ricardo (wonder who this was named after?) can be as small as 9 inches across (22.9 cm). Since this drum is typically played while hanging from a shoulder strap, it is considerably shorter and narrower than a traditional conga.

    From the free encyclopedia Wikipedia....
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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Next think you know Styxx will try to convert you to a djembe (or sax) player...

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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by JonFairhurst
    Next think you know Styxx will try to convert you to a djembe (or sax) player...
    Sure but at least they're not as heavy as the euphonium.
    Styxx

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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Music
    Why in the world would you wanna write a conga part?!?! You know drummers can't read music.


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    @Jon...Styxx must have a few extra djembes lying around the house & needs to sell 'em...
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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Music
    Why in the world would you wanna write a conga part?!?! You know drummers can't read music.
    He he.

    Maybe he's writing it for a ...percussionist.

    Well, at least it sounds fancier!

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    Re: Writing Conga Parts

    Quote Originally Posted by snorlax
    Hello, all...

    I need help writing a conga part. I confess to never having played one. If I send a MIDI file of what I want to hear, and my guesses about how to execute it, can someone definitely set me straight???

    Thanx...Jim
    Oh, Snorlax, you're so fine, You play those congos all the time. Hey, Snorlax! Hey, Snorlax!

    Do you need help with making the MIDI file more realistic? I many know some percussionists who maybe could help out. Of course getting a real congo player is a treat - Styxx can be there is a flash

    Gary



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