Lately I’ve been using Stevie Wonder songs to motivate me for my household chores. They really get me moving. At some point I realized that my silly attempts at backup singer moves would be greatly enhanced by a tambourine.
So, I bought one. It is plastic and red.
The other, more relevant, reason I bought it is because I’m experimenting with “real” sounds instead of relying only on the e-drums.
Alex, my big dog, gets excited by the noise and picks up toys to play with. My beagle, Ringo, doesn’t like the tambourine much. He’s very suspicious of it.
A bonus feature of the tambourine is that it will be good for coordination.
I’ve read that you’re supposed to hold the tambourine with your non-dominant hand (for me, that’s my left) at a 45 degree angle, using your dominant hand to strike it. Right now when I use my left hand to rattle it, the sound is much more muddled than when I use my right, so I can tell there’s work to be done. This will improve my left hand coordination for sure – a fun and noisy exercise.
In just a few hours I’ll be leaving (on a jet plane… but I do know when I’ll be back again) for beautiful, sunny, Saskatchewan. My sticks, practice pad, and Ted Reed book are packed, along with comfy headphones and my iPod so I can work out some songs on the plane.
And so, my friends, have a fabulous fall weekend!
Take it away, Corb Lund…