March 2015

Techniques: Perfecting Percussion

Hand percussion may look simple, but many musicians make the mistake of taking it for granted.
Check out the videos and audio samples below to further study hand percussion technique.

Listen to a playlist of audio illustrating the examples from the article:

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In this video, you can see a variety of interesting tambourine techniques, including one with a simple range of movement as described in Example 2.

Hand bells don’t stop at the cowbell. Another video from this series shares other interesting instruments in the family. Note the steady and methodical movement of the percussionist:

Discover some different hand percussion instruments, including the ‘binzasara’:

Check out this lesson on the clave, as covered in our Examples 5 and 6: