Tambourines come in many shapes and sizes and offer a bountiful supply of sounds. Classically the tambourine consists of a wooden frame, metal jingles and a drum head (originally calf skin), however, the pop/rock tambourine often used in contemporary music is headless and often mountable depending on how the player wishes to play it.
The frame itself is typically made of wood or plastic, and the jingles or zils can be made of pretty much any metal you fancy – all of which offer a different sound. Steel or silver plated jingles propose a brighter sound than the likes of brass jingles. Heck, you can even mix them up and play a hybrid tambourine. Another fun way in which many tambourine manufacturers are changing the sounds has been to indent the jingle or dimplefy – this often creates a trashy effect. It also helps it to look cuter in holiday photos.
As I mentioned above, many players prefer to have their tambourine mounted in order to play it alongside many other instruments. There are even mounts available that allow the tambourine to be attached to a bass drum pedal in order to play hands free! Holy jumping catfish batman – it’s all true!