Finger Cymbals

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Instrument Name

Etymology and Alternative Spellings

Ger. - fingerbecken; fingerzimbeln

Construction

Small non-pitched metals disks about 2 inches in diameter.[1]

Cymbal Row

Several finger cymbals can be strung together (one directly above another) to create a cymbal row/cymbal tree.

Finger Cymbal Machine

Finger cymbals mounted to a small frame that enables the performer to play with one hand.

Technique

Held by the string/strap with the thumb and index finger

Stroke Style/Type

Both cymbals can be held parallel to the floor. One cymbal is raised and held slightly over the top (overlapping) of the other. The raised cymbal is then made to strike the other whilst still parallel to the floor.
Another approach involves holding the cymbals perpendicular to one another so that the sides/edges of the cymbals are struck together. This technique can provide more control, precision, and articulate sound.
Another approach involves suspending the finger cymbals and using a triangle beater to strike the surface.

Manufacturers

Danmar
Meinl
Paiste
Steve Weiss
Sabian
TreeWorks
Turquoise
Zildjian

Retailers

Steve Weiss - Danmar - Finger Cymbal Machine
Steve Weiss - Paiste - Cymbal Row
Steve Weiss - Meinl
Steve Weiss - Sabian
Steve Weiss - TreeWorks
Steve Weiss - Turquoise
Steve Weiss - Zildjian

See Also

References

  1. John H., Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995.