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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 half an 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 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

In week three of our Fundamental Finger Cymbal program we're upping our game by learning two new finger cymbal patterns, the 3-3-7 and the 3-5-5, pairing them with basic dance movements.



Week 3, Session 1 : Playlist (34:50)

Online Belly Dance Class

Warm Up for Finger Cymbal Practice

In this warm up from Henna's "Egyptian Finger Cymbals: Raqs Sharki Stylization" workshop, you will prepare the fingers, wrists and arms for an extended finger cymbal practice.

Learn Belly Dance

Zil Drill Spotlight # 3

This spotlight reviews the basic Triplet or Longa pattern, then introduces two zil patterns that may be used while dancing or while riffing with the music: the 3-1-3-1-3, which matches perfectly with Saiidi or Beledi rhythms and the 3-5-5, a fun syncopated rhythm. They are drilled individually then played together in a fun and challenging zil drill. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 7".

Learn Belly Dance

Finger Cymbal Fundamentals: 3-3-7 "Military"

In this segment Rachel teaches a common finger cymbal pattern, similar to the gallop, but with a connector stroke. FatChanceBellyDance® calls this the Military pattern. The pattern will be broken down and drilled, then combined with a simple isolation and movement combination. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.

Learn Belly Dance

Short Full Body Cool Down 1

Colette will help you stretch and relax your arms, shoulders, chest, back, hips, and legs in this very short belly dance cool down. A cool down practice, no matter how short or long, is important to lengthen and release any stress in the muscles, quiet your mind, and helps you solidify all the work you just did. This spotlight is from Colette's "Beginning ATS®: Class 8".

Week 3, Session 2 : Playlist (38:23)

Online Belly Dance Class

Warm Up for the Hands and Arms

Tamalyn will lead you through many stretches focusing on increasing the flexibility of your hands. Then she explore wrist circles, hand circles inside and outside, small hand waves, large hand waves, and figure eights with the hands. This belly dance spotlight is from Tamalyn's "Elegant and Expressive Hands and Arms" workshop.

 
Learn Belly Dance

Finger Cymbal Fundamentals : 3-5-5

In this segment, Rachel teaches the finger cymbal pattern 3-5-5, a pattern with a unit of three and two units of 5. This belly dance spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.

 
Learn Belly Dance

Short Full Body Cool Down 2

Colette will take you through this short cool down to help you stretch the muscles and relax after a vigorous dance practice. This belly dance spotlight is from Colette's "Intermediate ATS® : Class # 4".

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