The Castenets can be mastered through delicate practice. You need to have your hands held in the correct position and have the rope tightly fastened around either side of your thumb knuckles. Within a pair there will be two tones. The fun begins when you dance and need to play the castanets at the same time in the rythym.
The maracas (known as rumba shakers in Trinidad, shac-shacs) have their origins in Puerto Rico, Cuba, Columbia, Guatemala and also associated with several nations in the Caribbean Islands.
Maracas are a simple percussion instrument that are usually played in pairs. Mararcas are made of dried calabash or gourd shell or coconut shell filled with seeds or dried beans, like the caxixi, are shaken to produce a sound. They may also be made of leather, wood and plastic. Often one maraca ball is pitched high and the other low. Maracas are heard in many forms of Latin language.
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Maracas are shakers and easier to play. Castenets are harder to play and require more dexterity.
Castenets are useful for representing quaking ducks, falling rain and chattering animals and so on.
Maracas are easy to play, you simply flick the instrument back and forth making a fuzzy sound. They are a great addition to dancing and locomotor movement (ie the whole body movement from one place to another).
Maracas are used to intimate train sounds, to show the beat they can make both long and continuous sound and short sounds.
Maracas are a percussion instruments (idiophones) popular to Latin America and castanets are a percussion instrument (idiophone) used in Morrish, Ottoman, ancient Roman, Italian, Spanish, Sephardic music and Portuguese music.
An idiophone is any musical instrument which creates sound primarily by way the instrument's vibrating, without the use of strings or membranes. The drum is a struck idiophone and other instruments like the harp for example is a plucked idiophone.
Both instruments are used to accommodate dancing.
Castanets is for flamingo and calispso music and maracas are for rumba music.
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