Some instruments are only peculiar to some countries exclusively as they specifically belong there. Many people may not even believe that specific instruments are behind those hit songs that people judge in the first hearing. Castanets are also cord based types that people hang down to their thumbs and then use their fingers to click on the shell. The sound of those clicks would depend on the size, material, and finishing of the castanets. This buying guide will make it a little easier for both beginners and professional singers to choose the best pair of castanets.
The importance of the pairs
Despite being small in size, Castanets can not be played individually as they will not create the desired atmosphere. It becomes pertinent that the singers who will begin with castanets buy them in a pair. In a set of castanets, two corded clam-shaped clappers are attached. The pack includes two sets, one which is larger than the other, making it marked as male or M, whereas the other set is known as female marked by F. These castanets are played together to produce a very smooth sound that will create a great aura among the audience.
Beginners or professionals?
A pair of castanets come in various types of material as per the skill set of its players. Playing castanets is not an easy task; it requires a lot of strength of fingers and dexterity. The castanets made up of ebony, cedar, Sheesham, and Cajon are especially recommended for the professionals and experienced players who will do justice to them. The plastic and fiberglass castanets should be used by beginners to practice and build their skills to play other sets in the future. The beginners will not be able to handle harsh surface as castanets demands sturdiness in fingers.
The size of the castanets
The pair of castanets come in several sizes ranging from small, medium to large. The experienced players' measurements never change and remain the same: 2 5/8 inches × 3 ½ inches. The medium-sized castanets are 3 inches in length and have a width of 2 3/8 inches. The other sizes are 3.15 inches × 2.48 inches and 3.5 × 2.7 inches. The beginners should look for those castanets that fits perfectly well in their palms and are made up of high precision resins for learning faster and playing in softer and higher pitches accurately.
The storage and mounting devices
The users or musicians who want to play and practice with castanets at home and also at studios may need a pair that will work well in both situations. A skilled and studio person should go for those castanets that come with a self-adhesive coating that can be mounted anywhere on percussion or a drum set that will add certain effects to a song. These tiny instruments also come in a black finish or natural unfinished wood, which makes them susceptible to rust, and that’s why a storage box is also a necessity.
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