Fundamentals: Heel & Tip 101

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Heel & Tip Technique for Djembe and Conga

Heel & Tip technique is a vital part of any conga player's repertoire, and adds color and versatility to djembe, cajon, and timbal playing too. 
This 2-part video lesson includes an extensive teaching portion and a guided play-along portion. In the teaching portion you'll learn a complete breakdown of the technique, applications, and body mechanics of heel and tip for any hand drum. 
In the play-along portion, Noah will guide you step-by-step through a series of progressive skill-building exercises that start out simple and increase in difficulty. 
  • Applicable for congas, cajon, djembe, and virtually any other hand drums.
  • 2-part video with a teaching portion and a progressive play-along portion!
  • Single stroke rolls, double stroke rolls, metric modulations, and more!
  • Click track included in all exercises!
This video is a great companion to Noah's Hand Drum Technique video

Run Time: 23:06

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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3 Reviews

  • Posted by PL on 13th Jun 2015


    basic and important

    Noah's Heal and Tip video is basic and crucial to proper execution of this technique. He carefully separates the movements into wrist and arm. This carries over to bongo which he covers in Bongo 102. Both are recommended!
    ( I also had trouble downloading this for the same reasons as the other reviewer. If you have trouble with this or any other download, the excellent staff at X8 drums will be glad to help you)

  • Posted by Michael S. on 25th Feb 2015


    Good teacher

    This is a very complete tutorial, incorporating many ways to use heel and tip. Thanks Noah, great job.

  • Posted by Don S. on 20th Oct 2014


    Great video, horrible delivery.

    I received an email from X8 drums about this new video. I immediately ordered the video. When I downloaded the 'video' from the link provided, I instead got a pdf file with a link to a non-existent web address. After 5 days and 4 emails to tech support I finally received a link that allowed me to download the video. The video itself is excellent, and Noah is a great instructor. This would have earned 5 stars if not for the horrible delivery/download problems.