The measurement of the drum determines the sound that it will produce, among other things. In the case of a conga drum, the head’s diameter is the one measured. On the other hand, there are other measurements on other parts of a conga drum that affect the sound a conga drum will make. The bottom width, maximum width, as well as the drum’s height, can provide you a clue on what kind of sound it produces.
If you are interested in learning how to measure a conga drum, here’s how. But before anything else you should first prepare the materials that you will use in measuring a conga drum. You will need the following things: ruler, pencil, calculator, string, tape measure, and weight.
- Measure the diameter of the drum’s head by holding the ruler or tape measure across it. Make sure that the ruler or tape measure lies straight across the head so that it would be more accurate. Also make sure that the ruler or tape measure passes through the center of the drum’s head. This measurement of the diameter is one of the most important ones to make because it is here that you will know how low or high the pitch of the drum is.
- Get the measurement of the circumference after getting the diameter. To do this, you have to multiply the value of your diameter by 3.14. This will be your approximate circumference. Or, you can wrap the tape measure around the drum’s head and take note of the measurement.
- Next step is to measure the bottom of the drum. To do this, turn the drum upside down, and then measure its diameter the way you measured its head.
- While the drum is still upside down, you can now measure its height. You can do this by using a string and then tying a weight to its tip to straighten the string. After this, lower the string until the point where it touches the head of the conga. Using a pen, mark the part of the string where it emerges from the conga’s bottom.
- Now that you have the string marked, lay it straight and then measure it using the ruler or tape measure. You should measure it from the mark you made all the way to the weight. After getting the measurement, add about ¼ inch to it to account for the thickness of the skin.
- The next step is to measure the body of the conga. Using a string again, wrap it around the widest part of the conga and then mark the string. Measure the string and this will be the widest circumference of the drum. Be sure that the string does not slack, curve upward, or curve downward while wrapping it around the drum.
- Divide the widest circumference of the conga with 3.14 to get its diameter.
These are all the steps you need to do to measure a conga drum. They are very easy to do and are very practical, too.