How to Play an Open Tone on the Conga

Learn how to play an open tone on the conga from the musicians at Wula Drum in this Howcast video.

I want to teach you how to play an open tone on the conga. The conga. You start by allowing your hand to hit the top of the conga in a very relaxed fashion. Like this. Always looking at your position, not moving too far into the drum for the open tone, not moving too far to the back because you want to place your hand evenly on the drum in a relaxed fashion.

I know you can do it. Let’s do it with me. Open tone, next open tone, next open tone, next open tone. Sometimes it will sound a little different, but that’s only because your placement is changing. Open tone, really watching where you put your hand when you’re striking the drum, like this.

The other hand. I’m going to play what is known as a roll of open tones which is tones and tones and tones, and you get the idea. Remember to relax. The more you try, the better will be your result and your outcome. Again, one more time. Open tone, right hand. Left hand. Two hands together, like what they call a flam. Open tone right hand. Open tone left hand. That’s how you play an open tone on the conga.