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Bongo 102: Beyond Martillo with Noah Mosgofian

With a lesson run time of over 25 minutes, Noah Mosgofian reveals over a dozen rhythms from his Bongo performance bag of tricks! First learn how to play the Tumbao rhythm on bongo, then several variations for taking this rhythm to new levels. Next, learn several 6/8 patterns for bongo that will work in just about any type of 6/8 music scenario.

Video includes both slow tempo and over-the-shoulder views as well as full-tempo practice sections.


Modified Tumbao Rhythm Adapted from Congas to the Bongo
- Left hand, heel tip pattern from congas (practice technique)
- Right hand open tone on macho and hembra heads
- Work on timing
- Learn part one and part two of this rhythm
- Variation options with left hand
- practice slowly, then work on the pattern full tempo
- Tumbao rhythm variation with flam
- Variation with two slaps with suggestions on how to mix and match with Martillo from Bongo 101

6/8 Patterns on Bongo adapted from Congas

- Heel-tip pattern with open tone, adding double tone on hembra
- Breakdown of rhythm slowly, then up to full tempo

6/8 Bongo Variations

- Substitute second heel with a tone
- Double up on double notes
- Substitute slap for heel
- Use same slap and play a little ruff using open tones
- Variation inside this pattern

Run Time: 25:03

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

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  1. how to improve your martillo

    Posted by Franco dc on 26th Aug 2015

    take it it's my advice.

  2. Great video

    Posted by Unknown on 13th Aug 2015

    Very helpful and easy to follow

  3. important follow up lesson

    Posted by PL on 12th Jun 2015

    This is an excellent video teaching more advanced topics that build on the first video (bongos 191), Noah transfers basic conga rhythms to bongo and give you a good basis to go further. Highly recommended.

  4. YEAH

    Posted by batooh on 29th Apr 2015

    Very basic, but very good. I like it.

  5. great video

    Posted by Alan S. on 16th Jul 2014

    this one also helped me in learning some of the basics of bongos.

  6. Bongos 102

    Posted by Brian Richardson on 10th Jul 2014

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

  7. A great enhancement to Lesson 101

    Posted by Martin Lassak on 10th Jul 2014

    This lesson deals with a modified tumbao rhythm. In my view it is a valuable enhancement to lesson 101. I would also appreciate further bongo video lessons from Noah - he can explain things very clearly.

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