COURSE LEVEL: Intermediate to Advanced

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).

The subject of the course is the Tamburello according to the modern conception elaborated by Andrea, how to use the instrument in any musical genre and how to expand its vocabulary of techniques and sounds. incorporating elements from traditional Arabic, Indian and more techniques specifically designed by the author who revolutionized the design and use of the tamburello in recent years.

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.

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About Andrea

Your instructor

Andrea Piccioni

Andrea Piccioni, a native of Rome, is a master performer on frame drums—single-headed drums, sometimes with jingles, played with the hands rather than with sticks. After mastering the Italian tamburello, Andrea studied frame drum rhythms and performance techniques from the Middle East, North Africa, and Central Asia, has crossed with his style the boundaries of jazz, world, and early music. He is touring worldwide with artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Paul McCandless, Gianluigi Trovesi, Basel Rajoub, Luciano Biondini, Manfred Leuchter, Lucilla Galeazzi, Les Haulz et les Bas, Caitrìona O’Leary, Donàl Lunny and Wu Man. In parallel he’s a popular teacher at major festivals, universities and conservatories around the world as well. Andrea published DVDs and books dealing with the Italian frame drums and rhythm language.

Course Curriculum

  • 1

    Basics concepts

  • 2

    Modern development

    • Split hand technique

    • Split hand on triplet

    • Demo split hand

    • Duplets and triplets

    • Demo duplets

  • 3

    Arabic rhythms

    • Maqsum

    • Maqsum 2

    • Maqsum 3

    • Malfouf

    • Demo Arabic rhythms

  • 4

    7 beats composition in south-indian style

    • 7 beats composition in south-indian style

    • Basic groove and ending tihai's for 7 beats composition

  • 5


    • Quatruplets technique

    • Quatruplets exercise in subdivision

  • 6


    • Demo modern grooves (funk, jungle, twist, 7 beats, 9 beats)

    • Tamburello solo: "Gian"

    • LEGENDA - Score

    • Dum, Pa - Score

    • Dum and Pa's combinations - Score

    • Dum and Pa in triplet - Score

For intermediate to advanced players. Modern development for Tamburello in my style.

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