COURSE LEVEL: Basic to Intermediate 

Tamburello is an extraordinary instrument, a real miniature drum-set capable of supporting an entire concert by itself thanks to its incredible variety of sounds and dynamics.
The Tamburello began to enjoy a great popularity outside of Italy thanks to Andrea's work of expanding techniques and expressive possibilities, finding application for the first time in jazz contexts (Bobby Mc Ferrin, Paul Mc Candless, Basel Rajoub), world (Homayun Sakhi, Wu Man, Donál Lúnny), and ancient music (Les Haultz et Les Bas).

This course it's a complete didactical method for the Italian traditional Tamburello based on Andrea Piccioni's style.
The aim of this work is offering to the player a structured and well-proven path going from the firsts basis to playing techniques belonging to the traditional italian repertoire.

Traditional Italian techniques such as pizzica, saltarello and siciliana will be examined step by step until the construction of solid bases that will open infinite, future possibilities. Ample space will be given to the setting of the body and of the body-instrument relationship, in order to build a solid technique without tensions and unnecessary efforts.

The videos contained in this course are from Andrea's DVD titled The Italian Tamburello released in 2009 plus extra material specifically conceived for this course.

About Andrea

Your instructor

Andrea Piccioni

Andrea Piccioni is a renouned master performer on frame drums and Italian tamburello. He has studied frame drum rhythms and performance techniques from the Middle East, India, North Africa, and Central Asia. Andrea has toured world-wide, performed in prestigious venues, and collaborated with distinguished international musicians, including Bobby McFerrin, Reinhard May, Richard Bona, Paul McCandless, Les Haulz et Les Bas, Francesco Turrisi, Gianluigi Trovesi, Luciano Biondini, Basel Rajoub, Manfred Leuchter, Dónal Lúnny, Caitriona O’Leary, Riccardo Tesi, Lucilla Galeazzi, Wu Man. He collaborates assiduously with the Aga Khan Music Program from which he was awarded the title of Master Musician through international educational projects and tours with musical greats from around the world. In 2022 he was a member of the jury for the selection of music for the Mediterranean Games. With the Shuluq Ensemble, of which he is a founding member, he performed in May 2022 at the Quirinale Palace in Rome in the presence of President Sergio Mattarella and Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. He is professor of the Academic Course of Percussion Instruments/Frame Drums at the P. I. Tchaikovsky Conservatory of Nocera Terinese (Cz). Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.

Course Curriculum

  • 1


  • 2


    • Pizzica triplet technique

    • Pa sound (slap)

    • Pizzica rhythm

    • Demo Pizzica

  • 3


  • 4


    • Sicilian technique

    • Basic strokes siciliana 1

    • Basic strokes siciliana 2

    • Use of the triplets 1

    • Use of the triplet 2

    • Demo Siciliana

  • 5


    • Tamburello solo: "In the tradition"

    • Andrea Piccioni (tammorra), Mohsen Taherzadeh (daf), Murat Coskun (frame drums) - recorded during "Tamburi Iran 2008", Esfahan, Iran

    • A brief history about Tamburello and Tammorra.


    • Legenda Tamburello - Score

    • Triplets combinations - Score

    • Pa triplet - Score

Your starter pack for Tamburello. Traditional Italian techniques and rhythms, posture, handling of the instrument.

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