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Published on Oct 14, 2007
This is how I do the Moose Call on the conga drums. It's a short video lesson on how I get that elusive "moose call" sound out of a conga drum. It adds a new dimension (almost a voice) to your conga drum.
I'm playing a set of LP's Latin Percussion "Patato" congas with Evans synthetic conga heads. It also works on cowhide. It takes a few tries to master it, but once you do, you will love adding it into a riff, or enhancing a song's flavor. A cool move for a song, or out at the drum circle. It always gets an Ohh or Ahh from somebody.
The only thing is, the video is pretty grainy, and very poor quality. So try to minimize the video screen as much as possible to see it the best, It's only a minute or so long. Enjoy! It was taught to me many years ago. When I first saw it back in the 60's, I was like, "Man, I got to learn how to do this!" It's almost a trade secret. So this is about sharing info. with fello musicians. I wish I had invented it!
I get a nice one off there at the end of the video after I show how I do it. A very light coat of bees wax rubbed on the conga head is the trick to doing it very easily.
Some musicians use a little saliva on their finger to do it, but that takes extra time, plus it's not the most sanitary thing to do either. That's why I use bees wax, I can get the sound way faster, even in heavy humidity.
The moose call is also called the Glissando in some cultures. You can get a big hunk of bees wax for like 5 bucks online. Now with a little practice, you can call the mooses. LoL
Please check out my other video of 101 drum circle rhythms, the 2 hour DVD is $17 shipped with a free drum circle CD included. 70 minutes of mostly Afro-Cuban jamming at the drum circle.
Also my 300 page book, "A Practical Guide To Hand Drumming And Drum Circles" finally got published. It only took me 8 years to get er' done. It also comes with a free 70 minute drum circle CD if you order one at my website for $17.95 (You can also get it on Amazon, but it comes without the free CD.)
Please visit my website drumcircles.net for more info. Thanks.