If you're having problems getting the right sound out of your conga drums, learn how to best support conga drums. Conga drums are capable of producing all kinds of sounds from crisp highs when slapped to warm bass tones when palmed. How you hold the conga makes a difference in the sound. To get these sounds and to avoid injury to your neck and shoulders you need to know how to best support conga drums.
Setting the drum with the bottom flat on the floor will prohibit sounds from coming out of that end. These sounds are important when you try to achieve certain moods, volumes and tones. To avoid this you need to keep the bottom of the drum off the floor. The best way to do this is to support conga drums with your feet, hands and lap.
Best Way To Support Conga Drums:
- Tilt the conga drum back. Sitting in a chair with your legs spread apart, grab the top of the conga with your hands and tilt it back toward you.
- Support the conga with your feet. Turn your feet so that the bottoms are facing each other and the outsides are resting on the floor. Lift the conga and slide your feet under it. Allow the drum to rest on the insides of both feet.
- Move the conga drum around. Using a combination of your feet, hands, forearms, knees and legs move the conga drum around side to side and back and forth. This will produce a variety of sounds for you. As you get used to doing this, you will remember how to best position conga drums to get the desired sound.