Latin Percussion instruments History

Published: 11th June 2009
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Latin american percussion instruments have been gaining a lot of popularity lately among the mainstream music. They are a part of several classical music orchestras as well as modern music.

Some of the most popular latin percussion instruments are conags, bongos and djembes. Congas and bongos are primarily cuban drum equipments, although its history can be traced to find its roots in Africa. They are very similar to the Indian Tabala and the European Timpani.

The playing style of these instruments are very similar. They can be played with the hands as well as with mallets or brushes. They are used in both popular and folk music. Congas are available in all sizes. The largest ones have a diameter of about 14 inches. They can be carried with a shoulder strap, while the larger versions are difficult to transport. The size differnce lends itself to variation of the tone and pitch of the music produced. However, for learning purposes and playing at home, it is sufficient to have a small one that is easily carriable.

In those days, bongos and congas were made of animal skin beat with the heat. However, in modern times, synthetic materials are available. There are a lot of brands and companies offering the sale of congas and bongos. Some of the popular brands are Latin Percussion, Tycoon, Meinl, Pearl, Remo and Toca.

You can visit http://www.californiapercussion.com to get a huge selection of congas, bongos, djembes and other percussion instruments.

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