Sounds

Orientalist Finger Cymbal DancerBeing musical instruments, finger cymbals can be played to produce different qualities of sound.  The common sounds we use in our classes at Deep Roots are:

  • Ring – a normal strike and release, producing a bell-like tone
  • Clack – striking and holding cymbals together, producing a flatter clacking sound
  • Click – striking the finger cymbals at a 90-degree angle (“put the hat on!”), making a quiet, light click sound
  • Double-Ring – shaking one set of finger cymbals in between the other set, or against each other making a jingling sound

These sounds can be mixed and matched within the rhythms to produce various musical effects.

Common Patterns

Each of the patterns below are commonly used in Deep Roots Dance classes. We break them down throughout each Level 1 Foundations session, and in Level 2 go into detail as to their use in improvisational choreography.

Each pattern as written represents a four count measure. For instance, Military takes only one repeat of the pattern to complete a four-count measure, hence we write it as 3-3-7. Triples takes four passes of the pattern per measure, so it is written 3-3-3-3.

The bottom line indicates which hand strikes each part of the rhythm, the right (R) or left (L) hand. If you are a leftie, you can reverse the rights and lefts if it is more comfortable for you, but whichever is your dominant hand, make sure you play in the method shown.  For example, a triple is never RRL or LLR, it is always RLR or LRL. Or to think of it another way: Dominant Hand-Off Hand-Dominant Hand.

 

Triples
3-3-3-3
123 123 123 123
RLR RLR RLR RLR
Military
3-3-7
123 123 1234567
RLR RLR RLRLRLR
Beledi
3-1-3-1-3
123 1 123 1 123
RLR R RLR R RLR
Sevens
7-7
1234567 1234567
RLRLRLR RLRLRLR

 

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