With Jorge Bermudez, Alan Dworsky, and Betsy Sansby
This video uses the same step-by-step approach as our book Conga Drumming, covering the same rhythms and many of the same parts from the first half of the book. The video format is especially good for visual learners; nothing can beat it for demonstrating proper technique and conveying the excitement of actual ensemble playing.
The video features Jorge Bermudez, a talented, and warm-spirited Bay Area drummer and drum teacher. He demonstrates "mano secreta", the technique used by Cuban drummers to protect the hands and play with grace and fluidity. Each stroke is demonstrated with the aid of slow-motion photography. After three conga parts are taught for each rhythm, they're put together in sizzling ensemble performances you can play along with.
In those performances, special guest Raul Rekow of Santana solos on congas and bongos, while electrifying Cuban dancer Rosie Lopez Mores from the legendary Tropicana nightclub in Havana dances rumba in our Minnesota living room.
This video is also available as a download. Just click on the image below on the right.
"A must-see for all beginners" Mickey Hart
"The perfect addition to the book" Latin Beat Magazine
"Slammin! The best video for learning to play congas." Chalo Eduardo, percussionist with Sergio Mendes
"Few videos capture the spirit of fun as well as Conga Drumming. All the basics are covered and the educational information is interspersed with burning performances by the ensemble. When Rosie Lopez Mores is on screen the video is ablaze with energy. While there is much to be learned from Conga Drumming, it also provides a highly entertaining viewing experience that will inspire any beginning conga drummer." DRUM Magazine.
The running time is about an hour, and all the DVDs I sell are region-free, so they should work anywhere in the world.