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When NOT to Play Finger Cymbals in Your Belly Dance Performance

 

By Shira

 

 

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Musical Interpretation Tip

Don't play finger cymbals continuously from beginning to end of your set. Pick and choose.

Use cymbals when you want to:

  • Create a feeling of high energy, such as for your entrance.
  • Bring the energy level back up after dancing a slower, quieter section in your set.
  • Complement a climax in the music.

Allow the cymbals to be quiet for a while during softer, more meditative parts of your set.

Even if you possess the skill to play your finger cymbals at the same time you're dancing with a veil, doing floor work, or balancing a prop, remember this: Just because you can doesn't necessarily mean you should.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo by Carol Johnk, Iowa City, Iowa.

Audience ears can get tired of constant clatter. If you periodically keep your cymbals silent, then when you do play them, they'll create more impact and be more appreciated.

In a symphony orchestra, the trumpets don't blare continuously. They take turns playing with the other instruments, and are often silent for extended periods. The same should be true for playing finger cymbals. When you play finger cymbals, you should consider yourself to be a musician in the band. In professional ensembles, the different instruments take turns playing, and so should you.

Sometimes, silence really is golden.

Shira

 

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