Hand Percussion for Vocalists

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Every singer thinks they can play hand percussion… but most actually do it wrong! 

There are techniques you need to know so your percussion sounds amazing… and you don’t have to think while your hands move. 

Learn how to play the two most common instruments that a lead or backup singer plays – the tambourine and shaker – in this 2-hour workshop.

Instruments provided.


Counting in 4/4 Time

  • Finding the 1
  • Counting Beats
  • Subdivisions
  • Upbeat vs. Downbeat
  • The Backbeat

Finding The Groove

  • Kick on the 1 and 3, Snare on the 2 and 4!
  • Quarter Note Groove
  • 8th-Note Groove
  • 16th-Note Groove
  • Swung vs Straight

Tambourine and Shaker Technique

  • Half Note Grooves
  • Quarter Note Grooves
  • 8th Note grooves
  • Swung 8th Note grooves
  • 16th Note Grooves
  • Washes
  • Entering and Exiting Cleanly

When to Use Each Instrument

Further Listening


Registration and Schedule

Date: Saturday Feb 24, 2024 (rescheduled from Feb 10)

Time: 12-2pm

Location: our Broomfield studio at 6811 W 120th Ave, Broomfield CO

One-Time Fee: $55 for members, $50 for members

Ages: 13+

Registration Deadline: Thursday Feb 9

You’re a member if you’re taking private lessons at Performance High.

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