Lesson Download: Mano Secreta Paradiddles

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Mano Secreta Paradiddles - on congas!

Take your conga chops to the next level with one of the most useful rudiments in every drummer's toolbox: the paradiddle. In this lesson you'll learn the "mano secreta" technique and how to use it in paradiddles on 1, 2, or 3 congas. You'll also learn various paradiddle inversions and adaptations. This lesson is a must for conga drummers seeking to learn and apply the mano secreta, as well as those looking to develop ambidextrous techniques.


  • Paradiddles, mano secreta, and 2 different paradiddle inversions
  • Adaptations for 1, 2, or 3 conga drums
  • Sticking transcriptions on screen
  • Over the shoulder camera angles with picture-in-picture viewing
  • Professional quality audio and video

Skill level: intermediate (beginners see prerequisites below)
Recommended prerequisites: Basic hand drum technique (bass/tone/slap), heel & tip technique

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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2 Reviews

  • 5
    great job

    Posted by Franco dc on 26th Aug 2015

    great for spelling and singimg in your mind the different phrase and rhytm changes. the slow motion really helps a lot.

  • 5
    another great lesson

    Posted by PL on 7th Jul 2015

    Another good lesson with Noah, He directly talks about Mano secreta and it's use in paradiddles on any hand drum

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