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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 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

You've made it! You're the zil champion! This week we'll learn one more finger cymbal pattern, the 3-1-3-1-3, and we'll put together everything we've learned these past four weeks into two combinations. Rachel will lead us through a combination to practice the four different finger cymbal patterns we've learned and Henna will teach us a combination to practice the different finger cymbal sounds. Great work!

Week 4, Session 1 : Playlist (31:32)

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Wrist and Arm Warm Up

In this short warm up, Henna will take you through several movements of the wrists, arms, and shoulders to prepare your body for dance. She will also give you a few movements to warm up the low back and hips. This spotlight is from Henna's "Raqs Assaya : Folkloric Technique" workshop.

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Finger Cymbals: 3-1-3-1-3 (Baladi, Saidi, Maksoum)

3-1-3-1-3 is one of Rachel's favorite patterns, as it beautifully compliments the arabic rhythms saidi, baladi, and maksoum. The strokes of the zils land on the same accented beat as all three of those rhythms. This spotlight is from Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" Workshop.

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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 4, Session 2 : Playlist (30:57)

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 Combinations

In this spotlight Rachel will lead you through four fundamental finger cymbal patterns, each paired with a simple belly dance phrase. This is part of Rachel's "Zil-ionaire : An Introduction to Finger Cymbal Technique" workshop.

Learn Belly Dance

Egyptian Finger Cymbal Basic Combination   (56:15 - 1:07:58)

In this combination from Henna's "Egyptian Finger Cymbal Fundamentals" workshop, you will practice alternating between the three sounds of the finger cymbals used in the gallop "pattern" as well as in a basic run. This combination is used to build stamina and clarity of tone while practicing moving the feet and posing the arms in elegant Raqs Sharki frames.

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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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