Merengue
Dominican Republic (in 4/4)


Conga
Traditionally
played with
1 stick on a
bomba drum.
 
O - B S - S O -
B - S - O O O O
Conga
Variation
 
O - - B S - O -
B - S - O O O O
Quinto
 
B - S - O O O O
O - B S - B O -

O - B S - B O -
B - S - O O O O
Maracas
 
P - P P P - P P
P - P P P - P P
Clave
 
C - - C - - C -
- - C - C - - -
Merenge is a social dance from the Dominican Republic. Originally a guitar style, since the 1940's it has been played in an ensemble consisting of an accordion, a metal scratcher, and a tambora, a two headed drum held horizontally and played with stick and hand. Merengue is a partner dance sung in Spanish and played at a fast tempo. The tambora rhythm has been adapted to the congas and is often played with one stick.



Symbol Key
B = Bass
O = Open Tone
S = Slap
  H = Heel (palm)
T = Toe (fingers)
M = Muff (muffled tone)
  C = Clave
X = Bell
P = Palitos (stick)
Play underlined notes with your 'strong' hand.




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