I am trying to find the best way to write this bongo rhythm. I know bongo is usually written on two lines only, or even on one line sometimes, but my bongos are tuned to G so I just use normal music notation paper. In the last beat of this bar I have provided two versions. Can someone please tell me if either are correct or if both are correct, and more importantly, if there is a better way to write this?
As Peter explained, ties are not used in hand percussion. I agree with his suggestion to use the rest because it would be easier to sight-read for most performers. Also, your stem directions need to be adjusted if you're concerned about "correct" stems. Here's what that would look like:
Note: StackX does not allow photos in comments, so that is why I posted my own "answer" instead of adding this onto Peter's answer.
Ties are not usually used in percussion notation because they are considered unnecessary, since the player doesn't sustain the tones like wind or string players. There are a few exceptions to this rule, like piano and vibraphone, but generally percussion notation just needs to indicate the beginning the notes.
So the second option is the better of those two, but I think the best option would be to remove the tie and replace the second 16th notes with a 16th rest. So the last beat would read 16th note, 16th note, 16th rest, and 2 32nd notes. The whole beat would still be beamed together, with the beam extending over the 16th rest.