A tambourine should be held in the dominant hand and most commonly hit with the other on the same beat as the snare drum. Play this auxiliary percussion instrument with tips from an experienced musician in this free video.
In this step, we're going to take a look at how to actually play the tambourine. I would say, the most common way, and that's just shaking it in whatever hand you're dominant in, right or left. I'm right. And hitting it with your left hand, on two and four, let's say. Now, it doesn't have to be two and four, it can be anything. So the first thing. You grab the tambourine, and start shaking. One, and two, and three, and four, and one, and two, and three, and four, and one, and two, and three, and four, and one. Now the first thing you notice is my left hand, I'm hitting the tambourine, in the palm of my hand, which is, that the fattest part, there's the most tissue there, and there's a reason for that. And that's because it doesn't hurt as much. If I'm going to hit it up here, that starts to hurt after awhile. But down here, it doesn't hurt at all. Now you don't just have to hit on tune for, that just, the reason why we hit on tune for is most commonly when we're playing the drum set. We hit the snare drum on two and four, or if you're clapping your hands, you clap them typically on two and four. But there's a lot of other things you can do. You know, you can use it in a way to compliment the snare drum. You know, maybe the snare drum is playing on two and four, and you might want to play the tambourine on the and of two. OK, just, it's just a different way to add some color to a piece of music. But that's how you play the tambourine, shaking in your right hand and hitting it with the palm of your hand in your other hand.