The tamborim is the lightest, smallest, and highest pitch samba drum. A clean crisp tamborim line elevates the ensemble to the rafters! The sound and groove of a bateria are shaped by the tamborim designs and rhythmic figures.
This drum has a steel shell, is six inches in diameter. The 6 tuning hooks are just enough so that you can hold it comfortably. You can tuned this drum high for for a beautiful dry sound. The he steel shell is super light and comfortable to grip. The light weight makes if very easy to play and do the turns.
This is a perfect drum for professional musicians and beginners.
Role in the bateria
Since it is the smallest and highest pitch drum, the sound of the tamborim cuts through the sound of even big baterias. The carefully crafted rhythmic phrases play around over the driving momentum of the other drums.
The type of tamborim beaters or sticks you will use, depends on what kind of music you are playing.
Long flexible plastic sticks in bundles of 2, 3, 5, 7 are used for batucada styles. These sticks are made with fatter tips to add weight and have a nice “throw” and balance to them.
Many North Americans tend to prefer tamborim beaters with 5 or 7 prongs. Europeans seem to prefer 2 and 3 prongs. Brazilians are all over the map. All the tamborim sticks at Go Samba are made by hand by artisans in Rio.
For pagode styles, a wooden stick is sufficient and gives a more subdued sound. The tamborim does not need to dominate in a pagode.
I have several colorful bags that fit a tamborim. All of them have a sleeve in the strap to put your tamborim beater or stick.
How to play
The tamborim is held in front of your body with one hand. Usually your non-dominant hand. Your dominant hand then holds the tamborim beater or stick. Where playing the 16th note tamborim pattern and other grooves, the players us a flipping technique which has a really cool audio and visual effect.