A conga is a tall and narrow drum which comes in different shapes, sizes, colours and materials. Part of the percussion family, the instrument is usually made from wood or fibreglass to create the drum and they all come with a beautiful finish.
Congas usually come in a set of two and four and can be played using your hands or your fingers to create different sounds.
The size of the drums can make a difference to the sound as you can create different strokes and rhythms.
The Conga also creates deeps tones and is mostly used for playing live. The Conga is quite popular in the Afro-Cuban scene but has been quite popular in other genres of music such as jazz and salsa.
Types of Conga
- Quinto - The tallest in size of the three drums. The largest is normally the one with the quietest rhythm
- Tres Dos - The middle size of the three drums
- Tumba – The shortest in size of the three drums, also the loudest of all three of them
Benefits of having a Conga
- Sounds - Can create different tones and beats
- Learner friendly - Easy to use and can be picked up quickly with just a few techniques
Caring for your Conga
- Shell protectors - The shell protectors help keep the other instruments from damage
- Varnish - keeping the conga varnished will keep it looking beautiful and scratch free as well as giving it a high gloss finish
- Stand - keeps it in place and secure
It’s worth choosing some key accessories to care for your conga, including:
- Shell protectors - Helps protect the side plates from damaging or marking nearby drums
- Side plates - Keeps the head in place
- Stand - Needed if you want to stand whilst playing, the stand also keeps the drums in place. Can be adjusted to suit the player
- Skinhead - Help create tones by placing your hand in different places