Etymology and Alternative Spellings
Ger. - fingerbecken; fingerzimbeln
Small non-pitched metals disks about 2 inches in diameter.
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.
Held by the string/strap with the thumb and index finger
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.
- John H., Beck. Encyclopedia of Percussion. New York & London: Garland Publishing, Inc., 1995.