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Fundamental Finger Cymbals

4 Weeks | 8 Sessions | 17 Videos | All Levels

 

This 4 Week long finger cymbal intensive will provide you with a well-rounded practice geared toward helping you understand fundamental finger cymbal sounds, patterns and techniques that can be used for both solo artists and group work.

Your program will introduce you to 4 common finger cymbal patterns found in belly dance: the gallop (or longa), 3-3-7, 3-5-5, and 3-1-3-1-3. You will also learn 3 different sounds that can be made with the finger cymbals: Open, Closed, and Tic. You will develop your finger cymbal technique in several simple combinations taught by Rachel, Colette and Henna that will help you become familiar with musical counts and teach you how to accent movements and the music with your finger cymbals.

The goal of this program is to start you on your journey of becoming a rhythmically intelligent dancer, get you familiar with basic musical concepts, and have you be able to play your musical instrument with skill while dancing.

Everything that you learn will be tested by two comprehensive finger cymbal and dance combinations from both Rachel and Henna, where you will string together all of the basic finger cymbal patterns and sounds that you've learned throughout the 4 weeks.

You will have two practice sessions per week. Pick the time that works best for you!

Each session includes a brief warm up, finger cymbal drills, technique, and a cool down. Each session is about a half hour in length.

For this program you will need a water bottle and finger cymbals. We've also included a printable reference for the finger cymbal patterns and composition you will be learning in this program here.

Fundamental Finger Cymbals

How to Begin

You can rent classes individually, rent a session playlist, or activate an unlimited access membership to access all classes in this program for one low price.

To get started, click on any of class titles below.

To browse class descriptions, click on the week and you can read more about each class. For a printable version of this program click here to download and print a copy for your practice space. You also can bookmark this page for easy access later.

Practice Tip

For each mix and match session, all videos are in one playlist - one continual class. Click on the playlist link to start your session playlist, OR click on each week in the program navigation bar below for an expanded view, and watch the videos one at a time.

Fundamental Finger Cymbals : Week 1

Session 1

Playlist (26:49)

Introduction to Finger Cymbals - Wrist and Arm Warm Up - Finger Cymbal Sounds and Runs - Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Session 2

Playlist (38:12)

Warm Up for Finger Cymbal Practice - Finger Cymbal Sounds with Raqs Sharki Arm Frames - Short Full Body Cool Down 2

Fundamental Finger Cymbals : Week 2

Session 1

Playlist (35:04)

Warm Up for the Hands and Arms - Finger Cymbals: Basic Technique + Gallop - Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Session 2

Playlist (32:59)

Wrist and Arm Warm Up - Zil Drill Spotlight # 1 - Finger Cymbal Sounds: Gallop - Short Full Body Cool Down 2

Fundamental Finger Cymbals : Week 3

Session 1

Playlist (34:50)

Warm Up for Finger Cymbal Practice - Zil Drill Spotlight # 3 - Finger Cymbal Fundamentals: 3-3-7 "Military" - Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Session 2

Playlist (38:23)

Warm Up for the Hands and Arms - Finger Cymbal Fundamentals: 3-5-5 - Short Full Body Cool Down 2

Fundamental Finger Cymbals : Week 4

Session 1

Playlist (31:32)

Wrist and Arm Warm Up - Finger Cymbals: 3-1-3-1-3 (Baladi, Saidi, Maksoum) - Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Session 2

Playlist (30:57)

Warm Up for Finger Cymbal Practice - Zil Combinations - Egyptian Finger Cymbal Basic Combination - Short Full Body Cool Down 2

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