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Top 10 Tambourines 2017

Whether or not you're silly enough to need to offer your kids a good noisier manner to spend their play time or you're a budding or expert percussionist, our selection of tambourines ought to comprise some thing to preserve you happy. We've got covered very low priced novelty objects for children via to professional, tunable contraptions for extreme musicians.

LP174 Cyclops, Dimpled Brass Jingles, Black, Hand Held TambourineCP391 10Meinl Percussion TMT1M-WH Dual Alloy Recording Combo Tambourine, WhiteMeinl Percussion FJS2S-BK Cajon Player's Foot Tambourine with Steel Jingles, BlackYMC TAM20-BLACK Double Row Tambourine - Metal Jingles Hand Held Percussion Ergonomic HandleHohner Kids MT608 Musical Toys Percussion Effect - Assorted ColorsTambourine 10Remo Fiberskyn Tambourine - Quadura WhiteRhythmTech TC4010 10-Inch True Colors TambourineCannon UPTAMB10S06H 10-Inch Single 6PRS Tambourine with Head

To Have A Head Or Not Have A Head: Tambourine Edition


Depending on who you ask, the tambourine can be thought of as an amusing toy for young children, or a serious instrument for the accomplished musician. Some tambourines produce short, tinny sounds while others produce both a rhythmic drumbeat as well as rich, clear notes. There is no right or wrong choice of tambourine in the larger sense; one must merely know by whom the instrument will be played (or played with, as the case may be) and then choose a unit that suits the age, skills, and intent of its user. Simply put, you have to know whether you're looking for a musical toy or a genuine instrument.

Toy tambourines are a great way to introduce children to the basic concepts underlying all music, such as rhythm and melody. As these instruments can be played either to keep the tempo (colloquially referred to as the "beat") or a song or to accent its tune or harmony, they offer a diversity of playing options impressive for such a simple device. Many smaller options are perfectly suited for the smaller hands of a child, and a person looking for a gift or teacher outfitting a musical classroom can select an instrument made from a range of different materials. For the infant or young toddler, a plastic tambourine is often the wisest choice, as its durable construction can stand up to drops, bumps, and bites, and as their often bright coloration attracts the eye and the interest. These options usually produce sharper, shorter notes that sound more like a metallic clank than a musical note, however.

Fortunately, many tambourines featuring genuinely musical jangles (the metal discs that click together to produce the unmistakable sound of a tambourine and which are also known as zils) are lightweight, durable, and low cost enough to be handed over to a young child without much concern either for the child hurting himself or herself or for damaging the object. Consider starting a child with a basic plastic toy type of option, then offering him or her a tambourine that also features a drum-style membrane -- often called the head or skin -- stretched across a circular body. This latter option is what most musicians consider a "real" instrument and can serve as a bridge from play to the practice of the actual musical skill.

For the more serious musician, a basic tambourine with jangles but without a head is suitable for adding some percussive accents to a song. These basic options are especially popular for the singer whose principal instrument is his or her voice. However, anyone in search of a bonafide instrument that can be used not only to support the band but to indeed add another layer to the sound of a song, a tambourine complete with a taut membrane is a must. These instruments can be played with a different array of hand and finger positions, with the drum head dampened, silenced, or allowed to resonate fully, and with the jangles controlled based on the angle at which the unit is held.

From Timbrel To Tambourine, A Brief History


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Anyone familiar with the Jewish tradition -- either from lifelong devotion or simply from attending a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, will likely have heard songs celebrating people "dancing with their timbrels," most notably from a joyous song about the prophet Miriam. The tambourine -- frequently referred to as a timbrel in antiquity -- was a principal instrument of the ancient Hebrew peoples, as it was among many cultures of centuries past.

Likely first developed in Egypt, the use of tambourines either spread to or was independently adopted by peoples all around the ancient world. We see musicians playing such instruments on black figure terra-cotta amphorae from Ancient Greece (the style dates principally to the 7th, 6th, and 5th centuries BCE) and in artwork from across the Arabian Peninsula, South Asia, and beyond.

Instruments approximating the basic tambourine went by many names in days gone by, including the daf, the kanjira, the t'ar, and the rabana, just to name a few. Tambourines were popular instruments for many reasons (many of which still hold true), with their relative ease of construction being one major factor. They were also popular simply because of their ease of play and portability.

As opposed to an instrument requiring tuning of strings for proper sound, hammers or bows for use in playing, or even much practice prior to competence, a tambourine is played as-is and by hand. They are generally lightweight, compact, and durable, all of which were ideal especially for nomadic or semi-peripatetic societies. While tambourines originated in the ancient world, it remains popular today.

The Greatest Songs Of All Time, And Their Tambourines


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"Hey, Mr. Tambourine Man," go the opening lyrics of a song written and composed by Nobel laureate Bob Dylan in 1965 and made into a massive hit when recorded by The Byrds later that same year. In fact, the song reached the number one spot on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart, and remains popular today, routinely included on lists of the greatest songs of all time.

While Mr. Tambourine Man may feature the most prominent mention of the musical instrument in recent memory, it is hardly the only occurrence of this elegantly simple object in recent music. The instrument arguably enjoyed a heyday in the 1960s, providing added sparkle to hits such as Time Won't Let Me by The Outsiders and The Beatles's Got to Get You Into My Life, to name two prominent examples by celebrated bands.

There was still plenty of tambourine playing throughout the later decades of the 1900s, though. Celebrated hits of the 1980s like Pictures of You by The Cure and With or Without You by U2 used the crisp angles of the instrument to help add texture and power to their composition, often allowing the tambourine's jangles to work in concert with the snap of the snare drum.

A recent return to music inspired by folk sounds of the early and middle years of the 20th century has ushered in a resurgence of use of the tambourine, as evidenced by the music of hit-making ensembles such as Mumford and Sons and even in the recent music of Snoop Dogg.


#10.Cannon UPTAMB10S06H 10-Inch Single 6PRS Tambourine with Head


Came quickly and was exactly as pictured. I bought it as a prop, so I can't attest to the quality of sound, but it's lasted for a while and feels sturdy so I imagine that that's good.


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#9.RhythmTech TC4010 10-Inch True Colors Tambourine, Black


This is a nice tambourine. I bought it for a costume I had and it worked out great. I have not really used it for anything else, but it has a nice sound to it and seems to be constructed really well.


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#8.Remo Fiberskyn Tambourine - Quadura White, 10"


This is a very nice tambourine. Since I purchased it for a young child, I wish I had bought an 8' instead of the 10', but it appears to be very well made. We haven't had a chance to use it much yet, but I believe it will last a long time. It's also a very pretty instrument. I love the red color.


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#7.Tambourine 10" Dove Bible Double Row Jingle Percussion Instrument for Church by Zebra Sounds


I got this for my mom for Mother's Day and she loved it! She brought it to church and played it all through service. She really liked the design on the front. This was a real winner!


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#6.Hohner Kids MT608 Musical Toys Percussion Effect - Assorted Colors


A unique, modern shape with a comfortable grip for small hands. Light and durable with four pairs of tambours under clear covers. Packaged for easy gift wrapping; Assorted colors.


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#5.YMC TAM20-BLACK Double Row Tambourine - Metal Jingles Hand Held Percussion Ergonomic Handle


This is a great tambourine for the price. I use this in my band and it compares well to my last one that I purchased for a much higher price in a music store.


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#4.Meinl Percussion FJS2S-BK Cajon Player's Foot Tambourine with Steel Jingles, Black


The Foot Jingle Tambourine from MEINL Percussion is a perfect compliment for virtually any instrument. It is light and versatile, but not overpowering, delivering a sensitive accompaniment to any musical setting. Not just for time keepers, guitar players and vocalists will find this instrument helpful in adding a little percussive color to their music. Acoustic performances are perfect for the Foot Jingle, but it has applications in the studio or for a fun jam session. Liven up your performance without taking up too much space in your gig bag!


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#3.Meinl Percussion TMT1M-WH Dual Alloy Recording Combo Tambourine, White


Two of the most popular alloys in tambourine jingle construction are blended in this model to provide a well-balanced sound that delivers both high and low pitches. When played, the solid brass jingles have a slightly darker, warmer sound while the nickel-silver plated steel jingles give a brighter, crisp accent at the same time. This method of blending the two alloys has great tonal properties, and any percussionist, drummer or vocalist will find it very musical and fun to play. The sturdy ABS plastic frame has a Guiro style playing surface for unique accents when played with a stick. These tambourines are extremely durable for even the heaviest of hitters.


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#2.CP391 10" Tunable Tambourine, Wood


This instrument is very well made and I like the fact that you can tune it. It comes with a tuning key, and I bought a Chronos brand tambourine carrying case to store it in. Very nice!!


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#1.LP174 Cyclops, Dimpled Brass Jingles, Black, Hand Held Tambourine


I love the sound on this. With the right touch, it has the most beautiful tone. You'll love this. The balance on this is not my most favorite (the ergonomics of the Rhythm Tech Solo RT 1220 is better) - but for recording it is nice.


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