Wanna Learn A Cool Tambourine Trick?

A few years ago, I attended a workshop by Layne Redmond. It was so insightful and informative. Layne is a master of ritual. The opening, learning, exchanging, and closing were all very natural and beautifully laid out for us.

At that workshop, I learned a slick little technique on the tambourine. Right after the workshop, I remember spending a couple hours per day practicing the workshop rhythms and my playing technique. I eventually moved on to spending more time studying other instruments. But even now, I love showing this trick to my groups, and playing along to a groove with this little piece of tambourine awesomeness.

Click play to see the coolest tambourine trick ever! 😉 Btw, I also show it off on the riq.

Click here to tweet: Did you know that the tambourine was outlawed by Pope John III in the 6th century?

I learned that tidbit from Layne’s book: When the Drummers Were Women: A Spiritual History of Rhythm.

Do you ever play the tambourine or riq? Let me know in a comment below.

8 Responses to Wanna Learn A Cool Tambourine Trick?

  1. bill February 20, 2012 at 7:26 pm #

    Nice job breaking down some of the riq zil ideas, as well as Layne’s and Glen’s great approach to fusing styles. The more people see the possibilities of the tambourine and other percussion instruments, the better!

    • Kat Fulton February 21, 2012 at 7:28 am #

      Thanks for watching Bill! We’re getting the word out alright. Looking forward to your Music Therapy Drumming at WRAMTA in Salt Lake next month.

  2. Justine February 20, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    Love Layne Redmond! Her book was practically required reading in my bellydance class. Thanks for sharing the technique! I’m always looking for new ways to use my tambourines in sessions. Side note: Layne’s been popping up on my radar lately…weird! 🙂

    • Kat Fulton February 21, 2012 at 7:30 am #

      Hey Justine – Isn’t that funny how some things pop out for us sometimes? So excited you’ve already been introduced to her. And maybe you could come to WRAMTA12 and belly dance for us! =)

  3. Pete February 27, 2012 at 8:08 am #

    Hi Kat
    That was a nice little tambourin tip.


    Pete in Ireland

  4. Rachel Rilinger March 17, 2012 at 8:20 am #

    yay awesome! 🙂

  5. graham osborne March 6, 2015 at 3:24 pm #

    hi kat that was a sweet trick on your riq and tambourine.i play my tambourine to music on mtv and the music channels on the radio and LOVE playing the instrument.the sound of the tambourine without a drumbeat is just lovely and the tambourine should be heard everywhere as well as in church.when i play my tambourine it is inspirational and i do not want to stop playing.when i see women playing the tambourine i think they are much better at playing the instrument than men and perfection is a well played tambourine.god bless you kat.make more videos for us.

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