Tuesday, January 19, 2010


A pair of bongosImage via Wikipedia

The other day someone I recently met told me she wants to play the bongos. Although I have no idea about her musical ability in general, I know for a fact that she has never played the bongos. This got me to thinking. How does one go about learning to play the bongos? Are there certified bongo instructors and if so, what are their credentials? Are there schools where you can sign up to take bongo lessons? Are there instrument specialists who advise you as to what bongos to purchase given your corresponding skill level?

I had a roommate once who was an excellent bongo player. He was so good that people would try to get him to play under the flimsiest of pretenses. Looking back I never once asked him where he acquired his bongos or where he learned to play them. I was just happy when he did.

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