how to warm up on tambourine

you can tell the difference between a serious percussionist and a bush leaguer by how they play tambourine.


see...snare drum, marimba, and timpani are the sexy instruments to play. most of our solos are written for those instruments. we play them on recitals, concertos, and chamber music.
they’re the instruments that bring us all the glory.

but think about it.

most percussion music in orchestra starts with bass drum and cymbals, and if you’re lucky it has a triangle. maybe a tambourine or snare drum.

tambourine is on every professional audition.

there’s no glory to tambourine. it has its own weird, unique techniques that aren’t useful on any other instruments.


that’s why it’s the instrument of serious, professional percussionists.

if you want to be employable, you should practice tambourine religiously.
and the earlier you start, the better you’ll eventually be.

today’s video is about how to become a master of tambourine. it’s basically a list of all the techniques you have to develop in order to become an orchestra-ready ~tambourine artist~.

rob knopper

hailed by @nytimes and james levine as needing 'louder triangle notes'. recorded delécluse: douze études for snare drum, percussionist in @metorchestra.