Drum Lesson Download: Bongo 101

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Bongo 101: How to Play Bongos for Beginners with Noah Mosgofian

In this lesson you will learn how to position the bongos, create the basic bongo tones and play the traditional rhythm, Martillo.


  • Learn about the history of this instrument
  • How to play the open tone with proper hand technique
  • Technique for high pitch accent notes
  • How to play the slap/closed tone
  • Combine the notes and work on tempo
  • How and why to mute the skin when playing
  • Over-the-shoulder angle shots for easy learning
  • Ideas for mixing up the pattern once you have it down
  • Run Time: 17:19

This video is instructed by Noah Mosgofian.
Noah Mosgofian's career includes 6 years with the international percussion sensation STOMP, tours with Lost at Last, Del Castillo, Atash, and scores of other award-winning bands and drum/dance companies playing samba, salsa, afro-beat, funk, and more. He has taught thousands of students in the US and abroad, including composing, arranging, and teaching for Austin Samba, one of the biggest samba schools anywhere outside of Brazil. Noah’s teachers include the top names in many disciplines: Mamady Keita, “Changuito” Quintana, Los Muñequitos de Matanzas, C.K. Ladzekpo, and Fara Tolno. Visit his website at www.noahmosgofian.com

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8 Reviews

  • Posted by Unknown on 13th Aug 2015


    A great video

    Very helpful and easy to follow

  • Posted by PL on 12th Jun 2015


    start here to learn bongos!

    This is an excellent video to get the basic rhythm and hand patterns right from the start. Noah is very clear and solid in his methods and expectations. Learn it right the first time!

  • Posted by Unknown on 10th Oct 2014


    Great video

    Great video

  • Posted by Alan S. on 16th Jul 2014


    great video

    this sure helped me in learning some of the basics of bongos.

  • Posted by Gerardo Piero Pavone on 11th Jul 2014


    Great lessons, you really improve.

    Simple, extremely well made lessons that allowed me to really start with bongos and to enjoy them. An outstanding value for the price.

  • Posted by William Kelley on 11th Jul 2014



    informative & straight forward

  • Posted by Brian Richardson on 10th Jul 2014


    Bongos 101

    Just bought some bongos and ordered your lessons. They are excellent and easy to follow and have me inspired to learn.

  • Posted by Martin Lassak on 10th Jul 2014


    Very clear and instructive

    The video lesson deals with Martillo rhythm and explains it very clearly. i saw the previews on youtube that I liked and the video lesson delivers exactly what I expected from it.