6800 NW 12th Ct, Plantation FL, 33313
Instruments:Ear Training, Ethnomusicology, Music Business, Other, Other, Percussion, World Music

Styles:Jazz, World, Other
Levels:Beginner, Intermediate
Experience:35 years
Rate:$45 / hr

Personal Statement

I am an Online Conga drum instructor. I have over 50 years of performance (Santana-Gloria Estefan-Eddie Palmieri-Sergio Mendes and many others) I have been teaching around the world and have taught thousands how to play the Conga drum, it’s history and culture. I have the only full course of it’s kind, as I created it, and have taught it at no less than 5 colleges or universities, and music schools. I can save you years of learning time with my methodology, both the Cuban way of playing and mine developed over the years. All you need are the ‘adult’ congas, desire, and determination to learn.

Education / Training

I studied percussion with Professor Dave Smith-Los Angeles Community College. 1977-79.
I studied African Djimbe with Ritchie “Pablo” Landrum and Yomi Yomi Awolowo-New York City-1968- 1972-74
I studied ‘dance drumming’ with George “Sabu” Caldwell the 3rd-NYC-1967
Studied timbales with Ubaldo “Uba” Nieto(timbale player for the Machito orchestra-NYC-1967
Studied Bongos with Jack Costanzo and Armando Peraza
Have been principle percussionist with the Miami City ballet and the New York city ballet.
Have worked with the Atlanta Symphony, Dallas Symphony, and Boca Raton symphony orchestras as ‘specialist’


How to play “Tumbao”


Johnny Conga