Friday, April 29, 2011
When playing a shuffle or swing feel, hold the tambourine shell parallel to the floor with your palm facing up. The motion of the tambourine will be up and down rather than side to side. Play the strong subdivisions with a DOWN motion and the weaker subdivisions with the UP motion. You will notice how easily the shuffle happens due to this position (and good ole gravity). The tambourine shell strikes the fingers of the free hand for a accent on the DOWN motion and the heel area for UP accents.