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I don't want to oversimplify this - but as others said - listen to it. Experiment with beater and triangle until you like the sound you want for the piece and setting. Details as mentioned above will make a difference in the recording and performance - but bottom line here - listen and expermiment. You'll hear the difference between different sizes, metals, ...


I'm going to quote heavily from: http://salsa-musicality.blogspot.com/2009/12/tuning-congas.html [The notes to tune to, highest to lowest (smallest to largest):] The quinto is tuned to a high-E The conga is tuned to C The tumba is tuned to G If you are just starting out like me, chances are you bought just a pair of congas. If that's the case, you most ...

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