hey, Mr. Tambourine Leanne

Ringo checking out the tambourine.

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.

Tambourine

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.

“I’ve got my eye on you, you noisy thing.”

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…

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