Jamila Salimpour created a finger cymbal method to easily break down and understand complex patterns to specifically accompany the wide variety of Middle Eastern musical rhythms and maqams. Her clear process and patterns quickly spread worldwide and are now the primary finger cymbal method used today.
In 1977, based on her years of teaching and reading, Jamila published An Illustrated Manual of Finger Cymbal Instruction: History, Evolution, and Related Instrument to coordinate with her Playing Finger Cymbals with Jamila album. In 2014, with Jamila’s encouragement, Suhaila Salimpour recorded Cymbal Jams, audio training downloads, the School’s most comprehensive finger cymbal resource. In Cymbal Jams, Suhaila breakdowns over 72 finger cymbal patterns including the 42 from Jamila’s album. Patterns are broken down slowly and then up to tempo both right and left hand dominant.
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