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.

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

    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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