The tambourine is a wooden hoop that has jingles attached. It is played by shaking, striking the rim, or rubbing the thumb around the head.
How to play: Hold the tambourine at chest level with one hand. Your thumb should be on the "head side" with your other fingers underneath. The head should be at an angle to the floor. Strike the tambourine near the edge with the first three fingers of your other hand. Use a quick wrist motion, keeping your fingers on the head after making contact.
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