Create rhythmic scraping sounds and patterns with the cabasa
Invented over 40 years ago, and now one of the most popular percussion instruments ever, the handheld cabasa creates rhythmic scraping/rattling sounds and vibrant patterns. Larger cabasas produce a louder, more full sound, while smaller versions offer the percussionist more control and softer volume. Cabasas are fun to play and feature cylindrical construction with steel-beaded chains that help create the signature sound.
To play the cabasa fluidly, simply cradle the handle lightly in your dominant palm, lay the round head gently in the palm of your other hand and twist the handle right, left or back and forth to get the effect you want. You can also raise and lower the cabasa to create a sustained sound reminiscent of ones made by the drummer’s hihat cymbals. Typically, percussionists will play the cabasa on the off beats, but once you get more experienced, you’ll feel more comfortable playing it as the music moves you.