What is a “Tamburello”?
The frame drum is one of the most ancient musical instruments; it is reputed to be the first drum to be invented. Frame drums are often constructed with a round, wooden frame. Metal rings or jingles may also be attached to the frame. Larger frame drums are played mainly by men in spiritual ceremonies; medium-size drums are played mainly by women. Examples are found in many places and cultures.
Tamburello, tammorra, and tamburo are tambourines played in Italy. A great variety of regional variations in tambourine traditions and playing techniques exist throughout central and southern Italy. The variety of playing styles for tamburello exist in the different regions of central and southern Italy including those found in Lazio, Campania (Salerno & Naples), Montemarano, Puglia, Abruzzo, Molise, Calabria, Marche, Basilicata, and Sicily.
I teach how to play a Tamburello stroke by stroke, introducing students to the main Italian rhythms, and leading both the individual student and the group to share an exciting, synergistic cooperation.
Laura Grimaldi offers Italian Frame Drum lessons in the area of Carrboro, Chapel Hill, Durham. Individual and group lessons also available on Skype.