DRUMS WORKSHOP

DRUMS WORKSHOP



It is a very popular activity among all who have participated so far. The workshop makes participants to find their musicality and rhythm right through minor percussion instruments(Tumbadora, bongó, clave, campana, maraca, guiro)

Another goal of the workshops is to learn to work together, doing different things that are all linked with each other for achieving the same end goal. Is very good option for companies, private parties, clubs, etc.. 

It is a fun, dynamic and rich learning activity for coordination between the thinking brain and implementing hands.  It also helps to be more tolerant of each other and makes us more flexible to help


Bongos 

Are an Afro-Cuban percussion instrument consisting of a pair of small open bottomed drums of different sizes. In Spanish the larger drum is called the hembra(female)and the smaller the macho(male).

The origin of the bongo is largely unclear. Its use was first documented in the Eastern region of Cuba known as the "Oriente", during the 19th century, where it was employed in popular music styles such as Cuban son.

Conga 
(Or tumbadora as the instrument is called in Cuba) is a tall, narrow, single-headed. The Cuban conga is staved, like a barrel. They are used in the Carnival rhythm called conga(or conga de comparsa), and is the principal instrument in rumba. Congas are now very common in Latin music, including salsa music, merengue, reggae, etc.

Claves 
Are a consisting of a pair of short thick dowels. Traditionally they are made of wood, typically rosewood, ebony or grenadila. When struck they produce a bright clicking noise. Claves are sometimes hollow and carved in the middle to amplify the sound.

Claves are very important in Cuban music. They are often used to play a repeating rhythmic figure throughout a piece, known as clave, a key pattern (or guide-pattern, timeline patter  that is also found in African and Brazilian music

Maracas
Sometimes called rumba shakers, are originated in Latin America. Players hold them by their handles, usually in pairs, and shake them. Traditional maracas consist of hollow balls made from dried gourd shell or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans and mounted on a wooden handle. Modern maraca balls are also made of leather, wood, or plastic.

Often, one ball is pitched high and the other low. There is archaeological evidence of clay maracas in Colombia from 1500 years ago. The word maraca is thought to have come from the Tupi language of Brazil, where it is pronounced 'ma-ra-KAH'.  The leather maracas were introduced in 1955 by a Venezuelan percussionist.

Guiro
Consisting of an open-ended, hollow gourd with parallel notches cut in one side. It is played by rubbing a stick or tines along the notches to produce a ratchet-like sound.

The guiro is commonly used in Latin American music, and plays a key role in the typical rhythm section of important genres. Playing the güiro usually requires both long and short sounds, made by scraping up and down in long or short strokes.

The güiro, like the maracas, is often played by a singer. Another type of guiro, is the reco-reco is made of a cylindrical metal box that encases two or three steel springs. These are stretched over a lid, against which a metal stick is rubbed.

Cowbell
Is used in various styles of music including salsa. It is named after the similar bell historically used by herdsmen to keep track of the whereabouts of cows. While the cowbell is commonly found in musical contexts, its origin can be traced to freely roaming animals. In order to help identify the herd to which these animals belonged, herdsmen placed these bells around the animal's neck. As the animals moved about the bell would ring, thus making it easier to know of the animal's whereabouts. Though the bells were used on various types of animals, they are typically referred to as "cowbells" due to their extensive use with cattle. In several parts of the world (notably in West Africa) pairs or trios of clapperless bells are joined in such a way that they can be struck separately or clashed together. The Brazilian name for these is "agogo" bells. Cylindrical wood blocks played in the same way are also called "Agogo". In Cuban music the cowbell is called cencerro and often played by the same player as the bongos.