Percussion body-sounding instruments. Pervasive Spanish folk music. It is mainly used for song and dance accompaniment, and later also used in European art music. At first, two pieces of ebony were tied to the thumb and middle finger, respectively, and then they were changed to touch the palm of the hand, or mounted on a wooden handle, or hit with a two-handed board. The castanets make a hard rattling sound, lively and crisp, full of characteristics. Castanets are used in Spanish song and dance music and also appear in artistic music.
Although the origins of "castanets" are divergent, we traditionally believe that "crusmata ibérica" (now Spain) is its true birthplace. At that time, "castanets" consisted of two small wooden blocks, or two sea shells, Or two flat stones, used by street dancers and musicians to accompany the accompaniment between their fingers and palms. Different from other western countries, the "castle" of crusmata ibérica area is passed through a small hole on the upper end of each of the two pieces with a cotton rope to connect the two pieces and play. . Over time, in order to better explain the needs of dancers or music writers, the Spanish "castanets" have been undergoing their own transformation. It is not difficult to imagine the development of the original "castanets" to the current percussion. The appearance of the instrument. At the time, the country dancers kept looking for better techniques and materials in order to make it easy to accompany and the sound was pleasing. The road of careful improvement also took a lot of trouble.
Structural composition: It consists of a flat wood piece the size of a palm and a shell shape. Two pieces of wood are tied with strings and can be put on the thumb. Material used: Hard wood such as mahogany or ebony. Children's percussion manufacturer musical instrument features: It belongs to bamboo and wood body musical instruments, without fixed pitch. When playing, place two castanets on your thumb like shells, and use one of the other four fingers to alternately hit one of the castanets to make a thump on the other. The sound is clear and translucent. Not only can it directly play simple beats for songs and dances, but it can also play a variety of complex and wonderful rhythm patterns, with unique characteristics.
Castanets are also called "Spanish castanets", which are mostly used in the national dances of Spain, Italy and other southern European countries and Latin America. In symphony, opera, and dance music, castanets are usually limited to accompaniment of Southern European and Latin American music, songs and dances. Sometimes castanets can even be used for solo.