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keithy351
11-02-2009, 12:20 AM
g'day, well ive been keen on getting a set for $90 from music store close by, there a 7" and 9" one, joined.... always been interested but never really given it too much attention, what are they like to play in regards too, do they get boring quickly? can you play alone and sound half decent? any experience or advice that any of use can give here would be very highly appreciated.... will i just be trollin here with a set or can you get some serious enjoyment from playing them

buddhuu
11-02-2009, 12:27 AM
Simple percussion works great with uke.

Jason Mraz's buddy Toca Rivera does a great job with a djembe. I'm a bodhran player as well as string instruments. Bodhran works very well with guitar or uke. It follows that bongos should work too.

If uke and bongos are good enough for GUGUG (Gus and Fin) (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZjY1mnGb9iA) then I'm certainly not going to argue. :D

Ukulele JJ
11-02-2009, 02:25 AM
I bought some bongos a few months back. I'm sure I'm still not playing them "correctly", but I do enjoy beating on them from time to time.

They are pretty loud, compared to a uke. No biggie for me, since I'd be multitracking them anyway, and can adjust relative volume levels.

But when playing live with a uker, you'd have to be sure to pay attention to dynamics, and play them somewhat softly. (With a large group of ukers, like at a ukulele club meeting, they'd probably be just right.)

JJ

cornfedgroove
11-02-2009, 03:09 AM
I play bongos and the ukulele...problem is I dont know anyone that plays either

iDavid
11-02-2009, 03:21 AM
I play both


A single conga is also a good option

keithy351
11-02-2009, 03:29 AM
thanks everyone, ima gonna invest in some in a few weeks, should be fun


I play both


A single conga is also a good option

thanks very much for your imput, i was looking at those but price is a bit too much... otherwise i would


I play bongos and the ukulele...problem is I dont know anyone that plays either

lol i can relate there, everyone plays the big bulky gay guitar ;) haha and no one plays either... ppl think im weird with my instrament choices

buddhuu
11-02-2009, 04:53 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LYhrYHmUPn0

Ok, so it's backing up a guitar, but this is perfect percussion. Who needs a band?

(apologies to anyone who is sick of the song or of me going on about this specific version! :p)

existence
11-02-2009, 05:11 AM
Yeah, hand drums go great with ukulele. My friend brought over his djimbe a few weeks ago, and it worked pretty well. Having percussion lets you leave a lot more space on ukulele too, since you've got something filling out the sound.

haolejohn
11-02-2009, 05:14 AM
g'day, well ive been keen on getting a set for $90 from music store close by, there a 7" and 9" one, joined.... always been interested but never really given it too much attention, what are they like to play in regards too, do they get boring quickly? can you play alone and sound half decent? any experience or advice that any of use can give here would be very highly appreciated.... will i just be trollin here with a set or can you get some serious enjoyment from playing them

I play the djembe and I beat on bongos and congas as well as Djun Djuns. I liove hand drums.

keithy351
11-02-2009, 07:05 AM
I play the djembe and I beat on bongos and congas as well as Djun Djuns. I liove hand drums.

well then your the perfect person to ask, which, are more funner and nicer to play, and most enjoyable

mealfrog41
11-02-2009, 07:13 AM
My band uses only hand percussion (usually djembe) to back up uke and guitars. It works great, give it a shot!

Professor Palmer
11-02-2009, 07:22 AM
I had a room mate with a djembe, and it sounded alright with my uke. The problem was that he really didn't have any rhythm :wallbash:

freedive135
11-02-2009, 09:25 AM
well then your the perfect person to ask, which, are more funner and nicer to play, and most enjoyable

I play my bongo's while I play a Tenor that I have a strap on...
Strum a few bars... beat a few licks... think the Banana Boat Song (day'oooo day'oooo day light come....)

I like my Bongo's as much as the Conga's I used to have. They are kinda like a Uke small, easy to play and you can take them with you...
I also like them over a single head drum for the difference in tones.

Now the funny part... I got started playing the Uke cuz of Conga's. I was in a shop looking for a better set of Conga's and while waiting to talk to the sales guy I picked up a cheep uke they had hanging on the wall and ended up takeing it home instead!!!

Look up Jack Constanzo he is the King of Bongo's
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jack_costanzo

if your intersted I have quite a few Bongo Lp's on vinyl and could burn you some copys to play along with.

haolejohn
11-02-2009, 09:49 AM
well then your the perfect person to ask, which, are more funner and nicer to play, and most enjoyable

Djembe. The sounds you can get out of one are amazing. I love the ping and the boom.

ukecantdothat
11-02-2009, 10:38 AM
Djembe. The sounds you can get out of one are amazing. I love the ping and the boom.
A great (and cheap) alternative to the djembe is an overturned 5gal water bottle (preferably empty). Amazing low-end and really cool ring-off for the highs.

ricdoug
11-02-2009, 10:57 AM
I use a Gone Bops set with a Gibralter stand. I got my bongo and other hand percussion lessons online:

http://www.petelockett.com/pete%20new%20pages/bongo%20page.html

http://www.petelockett.com/lessons/hand%20drum%20in%20depth%20tutorials/bongo%201.pdf

http://www.petelockett.com/lessons/hand%20drum%20in%20depth%20tutorials/bongo%202.pdf

http://www.petelockett.com/lessons/hand%20drum%20in%20depth%20tutorials/bongo%203.pdf

There's also audio and video on those pages. Ric

ricdoug
11-02-2009, 10:58 AM
You can see them on the stand to the left of me in my avatar. I'll search for that photo. Ric

freedive135
11-02-2009, 11:13 AM
I have a set of Gon Bop Fiesta's

http://www.musicarts.com/Gon-Bops-Fiesta-Series-Bongos-459537-i1426845.mac

But would like these
http://www.rainbowguitars.com/drums/gon-bops/bongo-alex-acuna-natural-ash-7-amp-85-/GBAA0785NA/DW

Guitars, Uke's, Bongo's oh my were to spend my next pay check????

ricdoug
11-02-2009, 11:15 AM
http://www.hunt101.com/data/500/Ukulele228.jpg

haolejohn
11-02-2009, 11:17 AM
I have a set of Gon Bop Fiesta's

http://www.musicarts.com/Gon-Bops-Fiesta-Series-Bongos-459537-i1426845.mac

But would like these
http://www.rainbowguitars.com/drums/gon-bops/bongo-alex-acuna-natural-ash-7-amp-85-/GBAA0785NA/DW

Guitars, Uke's, Bongo's oh my were to spend my next pay check????

Shameless plug. I got a remo 14" djembe made out of the composite material that I paid 300 for. Make me an offer and pay for shipping and it's yours. Low ball offers are fine. It is just too big for my house.

Monkeyswithladders
11-02-2009, 11:25 AM
I have a djembe and absolutely love it. When multitracking, I've mixed it with maracas, and a little hand drum of some sort to make a drum kit type pattern with pretty decent results (you can check out the videos on my youtube channel linked in my sig if you want).

If you go with a djembe, I'd recommend ordering from X8. They have a lot on there and I had a really great experience buying mine from them. The only problem I've found is that my acquisition syndrome is kicking in harder with percussion than ukuleles right now! I just bought a rainstick and next on my list is definitely a conga :D

freedive135
11-02-2009, 11:40 AM
and next on my list is definitely a conga :D

You might as well make that "Conga's"!!!! much like Uke's you need one in each size and wood type!!!!!

Monkeyswithladders
11-02-2009, 12:06 PM
You might as well make that "Conga's"!!!! much like Uke's you need one in each size and wood type!!!!!

Oh definitely! The second next song on my list to multitrack is Sympathy for the Devil, so I think I need to get my hands on as much percussion as I can :D Probably just one conga for now and more down the line, but I'm still on my first uke and have a list of like 10 other instruments I want to buy-- it's so tough to prioritize what the next purchase will be :rolleyes: Anyway, conga is next for sure!

ukecantdothat
11-02-2009, 12:12 PM
You might as well make that "Conga's"!!!! much like Uke's you need one in each size and wood type!!!!!
:uhoh:... CAS?

1014
11-02-2009, 12:14 PM
i currently use a single ipu for percussion. portable and when we kanikapila at my mom's them house, my wife uses it. plan to get a ipu heke (double gourd) this weekend at Ia `Oe Ka La 2009 for deeper kani.

ambrose
11-02-2009, 12:57 PM
Conga and bongos are fairly difficult to play if you want to get the proper tones, particularly the conga slap. Djembe is much easier to get a variety of sounds. Rhythmically they can do more or less the same thing. Bongos are pretty portable and sound great. Congas pretty much need proper technique to sound good.

haolejohn
11-02-2009, 01:29 PM
i currently use a single ipu for percussion. portable and when we kanikapila at my mom's them house, my wife uses it. plan to get a ipu heke (double gourd) this weekend at Ia `Oe Ka La 2009 for deeper kani.

I want an Ipu but can't find them here. Do you have a link?

keithy351
11-03-2009, 04:42 AM
hey guys it wa great to read what everyone has to say bout them, gonna get some somethin sometime next week... on a funnier side someone gave me negative rep and called me gay about this post hahaha i laughed people are funny.. so all you bongo and conga and that other thingy players, looks like use are all gay too... dosnt it feel great :D

hey too also add, im gonna get a djembe.. what size should i be go for, 60cm, 65cm or 70cm

ricdoug
11-03-2009, 08:11 AM
I want an Ipu but can't find them here. Do you have a link?

Right here in San Diego!:

http://www.ipufarm.com

http://www.ipufarm.com/ipuhula

http://www.ipufarm.com/ipuheke

(619)490-6218

spazus_maximus
11-03-2009, 08:34 AM
Shameless plug. I got a remo 14" djembe made out of the composite material that I paid 300 for. Make me an offer and pay for shipping and it's yours. Low ball offers are fine. It is just too big for my house.



my lowball.....$50?

If it's a flat black one I'll go higher....

Monkeyswithladders
11-03-2009, 02:04 PM
hey guys it wa great to read what everyone has to say bout them, gonna get some somethin sometime next week... on a funnier side someone gave me negative rep and called me gay about this post hahaha i laughed people are funny.. so all you bongo and conga and that other thingy players, looks like use are all gay too... dosnt it feel great :D

hey too also add, im gonna get a djembe.. what size should i be go for, 60cm, 65cm or 70cm

Awesome and good luck to you! I've always seen djembes sized by the diameter of the head; so I'm not familiar with those sizes and what they mean. If it helps though, my humble opinion is bigger diameter being better so that the bass sounds out strongly. I think mine is around 13 & 1/2 inches and I love it.

keithy351
11-03-2009, 03:36 PM
Awesome and good luck to you! I've always seen djembes sized by the diameter of the head; so I'm not familiar with those sizes and what they mean. If it helps though, my humble opinion is bigger diameter being better so that the bass sounds out strongly. I think mine is around 13 & 1/2 inches and I love it.

ok sweet welll i relised the 65cm's is the height, the diameter of the one im gonna get is 13 inches so looks like i might be on the right track, its mahogony btw

haole
11-03-2009, 03:47 PM
Not sure what you'd call these kinds of drums (are they even bongos?), but I have a set and I bring them with me all over the place:
http://www.istockphoto.com/file_thumbview_approve/5639857/2/istockphoto_5639857-african-bongo-drums.jpg

They go well with ukes and guitars because they're earthy-sounding and don't overpower anyone. :3

ricdoug
11-03-2009, 08:31 PM
Those look like Oprente's. Where did you get them? Ric

ricdoug
11-03-2009, 08:46 PM
If it helps though, my humble opinion is bigger diameter being better so that the bass sounds out strongly.

I agree. If it's going to be a single drum, go for a larger one. An alternative would be a cajon (box):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cajon

http://drums-percussion.musiciansfriend.com/product/Meinl-Bongo-Cajon?sku=445824

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/9/2/8/407928.jpg

http://drums-percussion.musiciansfriend.com/product/Meinl-Headliner-Cajon?sku=446837

http://img3.musiciansfriend.com/dbase/pics/products/2/2/9/487229.jpg

Pippin
11-03-2009, 08:50 PM
My wife and I have two bodhran, a mini conga, a small djembe, several percussion instruments. I bought a set of Latin Percussion bongos a while back to bring more diversity to the sounds I can produce for recording and jam sessions. I will be using these a lot on recordings.

I really like Latin Percussion hand drums, though, they are the biggest name in the business when it comes to stage performers.