Friday, October 16, 2009

Lesson #2 (Part 2)


We now get into the nitty-gritty of playing these two instruments, the klong yaw and bombo legüero. These are some basic techniques that I use to produce consistent sounds out of the drums.

As always, please leave your comments! I appreciate them very much! And if you have any suggestions for future topics, please let me know!


  1. You should have showed your dangerous side and performed some patterns. :)
    And... eh "elevator music". I suppose it could be, but I know some pretty intense hand drummers that take this stuff pretty seriously.

  2. Hey Josh,

    Digging the different instruments, this is new stuff to me. 1 idea, 1 thought, 1 suggestion.

    Idea: A teacher showed me a slap technique that he stole from Giovanni Hidalgo that may work well on the Klong Yaw. In this slap, the hand is basically parallel to the body. If you imagine the drum as a clock, the heel of the hand hits at 5 o'clock, and the fingertips hit at 7 o'clock. Don't know if it will work in this situation, but thought you might want to give it a try.

    Thought: Internet video is a tough medium for teaching hand drums because so much of it depends on the quality of tone. Not sure there's much to be done there but to keep working at it and wait for technology to catch up.

    Suggestion: Now that you've covered the basic sounds, it would be cool to hear some traditional tango patterns. In future episodes, maybe you could try to combine the technical (sound production) and the practical (real world application).

    Keep up the good work!

  3. I think Ty makes a good point in his thought. It was difficult at times to tell the subtle differences in your varied strokes and the pitches they make. You can spend like an infinite amount of money on audio/visual equipment, though, so you might just experiment with switching up camera angles within the video (occasional zoom in on your hands, etc.).

    I think this blog is a neat project. I hope you get a chance to make some new posts and really build a library of lessons. Could be a great asset for your portfolio.

    You can also buy your own Google domain for $10/year (I have one of my own,, for my writing portfolio and film/literature blog). I think you should be able to redirect this blog to a .com site without too much difficulty.