Let's learn to play the bongos like Mr. Bongo himself (Latin drum lesson, 60s)


In order to play an instrument, better to take advices from the masters.

Jack Costanzo, surnamed Mr. Bongo, gives us here a real bongo lesson, with detailled explanations and examples in order to practice various rhythms (including the characteristic "martillo" -the small hammer- you'll probably recognise). It let imagine how popular were latin rhythms in the US as this record was targeting white audience (the comments sound a bit like a promotional production, but has great sampling material). Anyway, this good decomposition of the rhythm allows unfamiliars to understand it beter. Always interesting as in many cases afro-caribbean styles corresponds to a specific drum rhythm (conga, cumbia, rumba, guaguanco, bomba...). So go find your bongo, and practice the lesson with Jack Costanzo...

Jack Costanzo - Bongo instruction record (part 1):

Jack Costanzo - Bongo instruction record (part 2):

Some more Mr Bongo playing at Garden of Allah: HERE.