This pair of castanets is ideal for those iniciating in the art of playing castanets. Lightweight and easy to manage, this is an affordable option to start enjoying this instrument.
WHAT IS A CASTANET?... Castanets are a percussion instrument used in several cultures. It is commonly used by Spanish Dance (Danza Estilizada) and flamenco dancers. The instrument consists of a pair of concave shells joined on one edge by a string. They are held in the hand and used to produce clicks for rhythmic accents or a ripping or rattling sound consisting of a rapid series of clicks. They are traditionally made of hardwood, although fiberglass is becoming increasingly popular. In practice, a player usually uses two pairs of castanets. One pair is held in each hand, with the string hooked over the thumb and the castanets resting on the palm with the fingers bent over to support the other side. Each pair will make the sound of a slightly different pitch.
A BIT OF HISTORY... The origins of the instrument are not known. The practice of clicking hand-held sticks together to accompany dancing is ancient and was practiced by both the Greeks and the Egyptians. In more modern times, the bones and spoons used in Minstrel show and jug band music can also be considered forms of the castanet. During the baroque period, castanets were featured prominently in dances. This instrument of percussion has been played for many years by all Spanish dancers, both popular and classic, some of which have been outstanding for the elegance of their style of playing the castanets, like Lucero Tena, the most prominent and worldwide renowned "Castanet concertist"