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The Dancing Cymbalist

How to play music with finger cymbals & dance at the same time

Jenna Woods

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  • Paperback: 204 pages
  • Dimensions: 8.50" x 11.00"
  • ISBN: 978-0-9778193-0-0
  • Publication Date: 2007-10-01
  • Oyna Music in Motion Arts

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The Dancing Cymbalist

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Ringing with insight, this essential guide teaches artistry with finger cymbals like never before.

An unprecedented resource for Middle Eastern dancers of all styles - and anyone interested in percussion, dance or meditative sound - this innovative guide brings new energy to the subtle art of playing finger cymbals. Abundantly illustrated with photographs and charts, seasoned with stories, inspiration, and practical wisdom from dervishes, professional musicians, and professional Middle Eastern dancers, it offers dynamic in-depth instruction that takes full advantage of the rich variety available in finger cymbals now. Introducing the Nur Method, The Dancing Cymbalist streamlines coordinated practice of music while dancing, helping you master your goals more easily at every skill level, beginner to professional.

- finger cymbal styles & sources
- 23 techniques & 6 types of variations
- consistent sound quality; improving timesense; learning rhythms
- finding your Edge
- practice for coordination & speed
- cymbal meditations
- trance unison
- solo & interactive improvisation

and much more.

"Jenna's knowledge is remarkable and her love for playing zills infectious. This book deserves a place on the bookshelf of any Middle Eastern dancer, especially teachers." -- Suzanna Del Vecchio, Oriental Dance artist & international instructor/performer

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Jenna Woods

Jenna Woods developed the original Nur Method of coordinated practice, from over 30 years experience with finger cymbals as a Middle Eastern dancer/percussionist, combined with professional Aston-Patterning® training in the teaching and application of fluid biomechanics. Between eight (and counting) different sets of cymbals, she explores the range of her instruments in powerful meditative sound concerts, plays with other musicians, and teaches Zillfest workshops to celebrate, inspire, teach and advance the art of playing finger cymbals, both within and beyond Middle Eastern traditions. She lives in Colorado.