Tamburello & Tammorra
Tamburello and tammorra
are tambourines played in southern Italy. A variety
of techniques exist that involve triple and double
strokes with one hand motion. Pictured on top is a
large tammorra made by Cooperman
Drums, which features a renaissance synthetic
head that allows for pitch bending, removable jingle
pins, quality jingles, and a tunable frame. The shell
is 16" by 4" deep.
Pictured in the middle is a traditional
tamburello with a 14" head and a 3"
deep shell with 9 pair of jingles.
A variety of playing styles for tamburello
exist in the different regions of southern Itlay including
those found in Lazio, Campania (Salerno & Naples),
Puglia, Abruzzo, Molise, Calabria, Marche Basilicata,
Pictured below is a larger southern
Italian tambourine called tammorra (17"
head by 5" deep shell with 5 pair of jingles)
that features a deeper shell and is used for playing
duple rhythms in the traditional folk music dance
known as tammorriata (or tammuriata),
which is found in Campania.
Terminology can be confusing for
non-Italians. Different terms and spellings are often
based on regional practices and the size of a particular