It’s just not a rhythm band without a pair or two of maracas shaking things up. Once thought to conjure up healing spirits for the sick, maracas are now one of the most popular instruments in the world, and a favorite with musicians of all ages and playing styles. The maracas’ bright, full sound complements other instruments and sprinkles in an unexpected dash of creativity and flair into your music-making. And if you think maracas are just for Latin and South American dance music and celebrations, think again. Thanks to their easy playability, fun rhythmical shaking sound and instantly recognizable sound effects, maracas have found a home in more and more mainstream music.
Maracas may come all shapes, sizes and materials, but they are always played in pairs. They work well in all musical settings whether you’re playing live or recording in the studio. The long handles make them easy to hold and they’re just the right weight and balance to make playing more comfortable.