The Difference Between Congas and Bongos

These (on the left ) are CONGAS. They are larger and sit on the ground when played. The song “What’s Going On” uses congas in addition to drum set. Many people mistakingly think these are bongos.

The drums on the right are BONGOS. They are are held between the knees when drummers play them. They also have a very hi pitched sound. The song “Outstanding” by the Gap Band, uses bongos in addition to the drum set. Go and look up the song and see if you can hear them. Bongos are also featured prominently in the theme from the court TV show “The People’s Court”

You can hear both, the congas (on the right) and bongos (on the left) in this video by Celia Cruz and La India. The song is “La Voz de la Experiancia” The Voice of Experience. The conga player (conguero, in Spanish) is standing whereas the bongo player (bongocero, in Spanish) is sitting.


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CHOPS and LICKS: What’s the difference?

The embouchure is the use of facial muscles and the shaping of the lips to the mouthpiece of woodwind instruments or the mouthpiece of the brass instruments. Commonly referred to as “CHOPS”

The term CHOPS has also come to be used to describe technical ability in general, on any instrument. For example, one might say something like, “Wow, she’s got a lot of chops” about someone who can play very difficult things on their instrument. So, to be clear, it is NOT possible for a musician to PLAY chops. We HAVE ABILITY. We HAVE CHOPS. CHOPS and ABILITY could be used interchangeably.

This term should NOT be confused with musical ideas or “LICKS” which are patterns or ideas that make up a portion of musical vocabulary, especially in improvised music. Many musicians often make the mistake of using “chops” and “licks” as if they have the same meaning. They do not.

I once had a student ask to be taught “a chop per week.” What that student meant was that they wanted to learn a new “LICK” at every weekly lesson. There is NO SUCH THING AS “A CHOP”, in music. #musicterminology

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