Saturday, January 15, 2011
Here is an unorthodox tone production technique for the bongos. Spread your fingers slightly and tilt your hand so that the pinky strikes the bongo head first and is followed by the ring, the middle, and the index striking one after the other in rapid succession. It is a loose flop. The first three finger strikes are grace notes leading to the index finger main note. Allow the fingers to rest for a split second to mute the head. (Think of it as a brush sound.) Try playing alternating 16th notes with this technique and throw in some accents.
You’ll find a place for this sound.