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Skratch Lessons: Bongos with Fredo Ortiz -NEW!

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[MUSIC]
[LAUGH] Yeah.
Fredo Ortiz in the house.
>> What's up?
>> So we're gonna do a little talk about
you know, we scratch and bongos.
[MUSIC]
So
how do we how can we learn from, from a
bongo player like yourself?
[CROSSTALK] You said there was four, four
tones you're telling,
tell them about that.
>> So you want to hear about tones?
Okay, we got open tone.
Bongos are usually played with your
fingertips,
this part of your finger or this part of
your three fingers.
>> That's not a gang sign is it?
>> It's not [LAUGH].
[SOUND]
This is my tip.
[SOUND] That's my tip.
[SOUND]
You
might recognize the bongo sound for like
the beginning of like, say like, you know,
spy movies or [SOUND] Or People's Court.
>> Mm-hm.
That's the bongos?
[SOUND]
>> Then again, it's the courtroom.
>> Mm-hm.
Right?
>> So you got, you got the open toe.
You got a slap, which is like, I'm holding
the head here, I'm muffling.
[SOUND] You hear that difference?
I let go.
[SOUND]
>> Oh, it's like higher, huh?
[SOUND]
>> You hear that here?
>> Oh.
>> You know.
>> So that's four tones, huh?
>> And then I got the muffle tone [SOUND]
>> Five tones?
>> Cuz, cuz you got [SOUND] Open.
[SOUND] Muffled, and you don't hear any
sound after that.
>> Mm-hm.
[MUSIC]
>> That's dope.
So six tones total, then.
>> Did you count that?
Yeah, I didn't even count it.
[LAUGH].
>> Is that how many?
So, let's see.
One, two, three, four, five, six.
>> Nice, nice.
So
if you're trying to scratch that on a
record,
you could put like, six tones right next
to each other and just go back and
forth on those if you wanna do that type
of thing.
Now how, where, where did you get this
from?
>> So-
>> Where do these originate?
>> These come from deep forest.
>> Mm-hm.
>> Actually no, no, wait,
those are the other things.
My dad carved these out of the avocado
tree in the back.
>> Wow.
>> We were eating avocados, you ever, you
know, eat avocado and slice them in half-
>> Yeah, yeah.
>> Take the pit out, some salt.
>> Oh, yeah, the wood in there.
Yeah.
>> You know, so he ground up those pits.
>> Wow.
>> Mashed them up together, and he, and he
made a mold.
>> Mm-hm.
>> Wait a minute, oh yeah, my bad,
these are made in Germany.
>> Oh!
>> My bad, Mine Old Company.
So I guess, well these are wood.
>> Okay.
>> I would say, what is this look like,
maybe like a oak or something?
>> Yeah.
>> And, we got, skin, animal skin heads.
>> Well what?
>> These are actually the dog
that my dad killed.
>> Oh, the skin, the hide.
>> You know, you dry, shave off the hair
and,.
[SOUND] Oh no wait, that's, that was the
other drum that I made,
these are actually calf skin my bad.
>> Oh.
>> So I, I'm getting it all wrong so,.
>> Nice, nice.
>> Calf skin, sometimes it can be goat
skin.
>> Yeah.
>> But you can also synthetic heads.
>> Huh.
>> Which are made by this company LP, or
anyone.
And you got metal rims kind of holding
everything down, screws, and
you got yourself a set of bongos.
>> Huh.
>> They originate from Africa.
Well the, the, all drums kinda originate
from Africa, and they had their own,
they had to make their drums out of wood
trunks.
>> Wow, that's [INAUDIBLE].
>> So that's where the concept,
you know comes from.
And the rims that they had, you know, when
they started like melting metal-
>> Mm-hm.
>> And stuff they would
make their own rings.
>> Mm-hm.
>> And you know, they'd make jembas,
batas, they made all kinds of cool
instruments and now you know,
in the modern day you can go to Guitar
Center and buy yourself a set of bongos.
>> Wow.
>> Made in Germany.
[LAUGH].
You know?
But it, it, it's, it's all good.
You know?
They all make sounds.
And, you know?
Some, you can get the recordings of these
and tweak them on your table.
>> I see, let's do that again, let's jam
again.
[SOUND] And there you have it, Fredo
Ortiz.
[MUSIC]
>> What?
[MUSIC]