Finger cymbals are an excellent way to add excitement and professionalism to
your performance. Unfortunately, many dancers get stuck in just one cymbal
pattern and feel uncomfortable going beyond the basics. In this DVD we will
learn how to effectively take command of the cymbals by switching rapidly
between several patterns. The unique structure lets you work at your own level
and advance when you feel ready.
PART 1 – THE BASICS AND THE RHYTHMS
We will start off with the very basics like how to hold the
cymbals and how to get different sounds in different
situations. Then 16 different rhythmic patterns will be
slowly broken down. Because finger coordination takes
practice, we begin by tapping out the patterns against our
bellies to build confidence and rhythmic ability.
PART 2 – CYMBAL DRILLS
Once you know the patterns by heart you will graduate to
practicing them with the cymbals. For enhanced learning,
you will be able to mirror the close up of Michelle’s hands
as the patterns are drilled. You will also be able to view
the written pattern and finger assignment. This extended
20-minute drilling session will help you increase stamina,
coordination and agility.
PART 3 – DANCE COMBINATIONS WITH CYMBALS
Once you have mastered the patterns it is time to start
dancing. After dance combinations are carefully broken
down we add finger cymbal patterns. Each combination
increases in difficulty and by the end of the DVD you will
be switching between complex cymbal patterns while
doing various turns, isolations, arm movements, and
covers basic through advanced belly dance finger cymbal technique.
Running Time: 85 min