Video Demo: Handheld Tambourines

 This excerpt is taken from the complete article that appears in the December 2015 issue,
which is available here.

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Handheld Tambourines

A Roundup of Options From Four of the Industry’s Top Jingle Makers

Whether you’re an aspiring session musician, a home studio owner, or the drummer in an original band that’s about to record its first album, it’s very likely that you’re going to be asked to layer some percussion over your drum tracks at some point in the process. While it may seem easy enough, it takes a significant amount of practice to get control of even the most basic techniques for frequently overdubbed percussion instruments like shakers, congas, and tambourines. And those instruments come in dozens of varieties, with each offering a unique timbre that can perfectly complement the track—or obliterate it.

There’s no single holy-grail shaker or tambourine that will fit every song, so you might want to start building your percussion collection now, before the hard drives are rolling and you’re under the gun to get your tracks done. This month we’ve gathered a sampling of tambourines from four different manufacturers to help you get an idea of what’s out there. But don’t stop here. After you’ve read about these models and checked out the demo videos that we’ve posted to, head over to your local music shop and try out whatever options they have in stock. Start with something classic sounding, but don’t be afraid to also pick up things that are funky, cheap, or unusual. You never know what might provide the perfect sound for the song, and you can never have enough choices.

Check out a video demo below.

Michael Dawson

For the complete review, check out the December 2015 issue, which is available here.

Cannon Percussion


Grover Pro


See what's in the December 2015 issue of Modern Drummer featuring Dom Famularo