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Tambourine

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Definition and Description of the Tambourine
Definition and description of the Tambourine: The Tambourine can be described as a small drum, especially a shallow drum with only one skin, played on with the hand, and having bells at the sides. The tambourine consists of a flat wooden or metal ring, over one end of which is stretched a parchment or vellum head.

In the circumference of the ring nine or ten metal disks or small bells are fitted which jingle as the tambourine is struck by the hand, or just waved through the air. The tambourine dates back to antiquity and was known at different times under the names of timbrel or tabret, tympanon or tympanum. This musical instrument was traditionally used by women as illustrated in the picture below.

Family of Instruments: The Tambourine belongs to the family of Percussion instruments.

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