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Post Mon Nov 17, 2008 7:58 pm

can someone please help me on this, i'm getting some bongos for christmas and am getting into some hand percussion and don't want to hurt myself
i know some of the different strokes like the slap and hammer and stuff, i just don't know if i'm doing it properly
i've tried to look it up online, but all i can find are links to books you have to buy
any help is very appreciated
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Post Thu Nov 20, 2008 5:03 pm

I've found some good stuff on youtube.
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Post Tue Mar 17, 2009 3:21 pm

Can you get a tutor. I've had a couple of lessons and it is difficult to discuss over t'internet.

There are 5 main hand positions / different hits on the congas.

One of them is particularly difficult to master.

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Post Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:39 am

One thing that i noticed with hand drums is that most of the techniques will all be the same no matter what hand drum you are playing. Hand drums dont really take having a tutor or lessons to figure out. Just play it and experiment with it. It is all about accents, which really all percussion is about accents, so play a rythmic pattern and depending on where you hit the drum and how hard you hit the drum it will sound different each time. The main thing i suggest to do when playing hand drums is really stretch out and slowly warm up, hand drums can really do a lot of damage to your hands and wrist.
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Post Fri Mar 20, 2009 3:19 am

wmpdrummer13 wrote:One thing that i noticed with hand drums is that most of the techniques will all be the same no matter what hand drum you are playing. Hand drums dont really take having a tutor or lessons to figure out. Just play it and experiment with it. It is all about accents, which really all percussion is about accents, so play a rythmic pattern and depending on where you hit the drum and how hard you hit the drum it will sound different each time. The main thing i suggest to do when playing hand drums is really stretch out and slowly warm up, hand drums can really do a lot of damage to your hands and wrist.

Most stick technique will be the same no matter what drum you play on. Does that mean we can just experiment around and see what works? We don't need a tutor?

If that were the case, then I wasted all the money on lessons.

We take lessons to learn the correct application. There are TONS of wrong ways to do it when it comes to hand drums, and when you play it wrong, not only do you look bad and amateur, but it sounds wrong too. I'm not saying it's a bad thing to play around and see what sounds cool. I'm saying that there are set patterns and correct ways to play hand drums.

As for the actual technique, I never really covered it in stark detail, but I do know the basic hand positions. It's not terribly difficult, but it is very hard to master. Hand drums are something I wish I had more time to learn. Especially Tabla. Holy crap I could get into Tabla.

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Post Fri Mar 20, 2009 9:00 am

Yea ya did waste money cause all ya gotta do is go to youtube and there is about every technique on there. And we were talking about hand drums nothing to do with stick work.
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Post Sun Mar 22, 2009 2:39 am

You apparently didn't catch the analogy.

And I respectively disagree. Lessons are worth their weight in gold as compared to YouTube. Half of those "teachers" have neither the right nor the privilege to don such a title.

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Post Mon Mar 23, 2009 6:02 am

I caught the analogy and i definitely think that someone would need assistance or someone to actually show them different techniques with stick work, way more comes in to play with stick work. Hand drums are pretty simple compared to playing drums with sticks, why do you think everybody and anybody can buy a cheap hand drum and go out to drum circle, just takes a little rhythm. My point to my comment was that no one needs lessons to learn hand drums its called be creative, experiment and find out different techniques for yourself. Obviously im not saying there is anything wrong with taking lessons everyone learns things differently. And to your statement about youtube i would rather take advice from pro players that film themselves and post on youtube than some hack working at a local drum shop charging way to much for hand drum lessons
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Post Thu Mar 26, 2009 9:58 am

It's extremely easy to injure and do serious damage to your wrists by playing hand percussion, just ask NC Steve.

As for lessons, watching a pro player is obviously not going to hurt, but when you're watching a pro player and what they're doing, they're not watching you helping you get things right.

Getting a good teacher would be the best way if you really want to learn something.
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Post Tue Apr 21, 2009 4:09 am

Yeah, I mean, if there's video's about Joe Morello, or Thomas Lang, or any of those cats, you obviously know that they can teach. I more talk about the home produced movies that people point to as the best thing to learn from. I've made a couple, and I'll bash myself, cause I'm not that good of a teacher. Putting the wisdom out there, there's nothing wrong with that, but claiming that it's worth the rank of Teacher, I will respectfully disagree.

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