Finger cymbals are small metal discs, worn on the thumb and middle finger of each hand, used by the dancer to add musical flourishes and accent their music (or be the music itself).
Different tones are achieved through the variety sizes, weights, and which metals are used including brass, bronze, silver, and even gold! The metal for your cymbals is up to you, but brass will be a more affordable option for dancers who are still learning. While they can range in size, the average diameter is 2.5″ and average weight is 175 grams.
Your finger cymbals should be:
- A set of 4 circular discs (not 2).
- Have two thin slits at the centre-top of the belly, for flat elastics (instead of one centre hole).
- Consistent thickness around the rim of the discs (poor quality cymbals will have divots, or thin in some areas).
You can buy one online from any retailer you’d like, however it is recommended to consider a reputable manufacturer like Saroyan Mastercrafts
There will be a limited number of finger cymbals available to use during class.