start by holding the bottom spoon. Put it between your pointer
finger and your middle finger. Wrap your middle finger around
the back of the spoon and press the edge of it against your
palm. All you are trying to do here is to get a good grip
on the back of the spoon. Let the handle of the spoon rest
on the middle joint of the middle finger...just as it is in
hold the top spoon between your thumb and your first finger.
It should go across the middle bone of your pointer finger...as
in the photo. The pointer finger wraps around the back of
the spoon and holds it tightly against your palm (just like
your middle finger is doing with bottom spoon). The thumb
should press down on top giving you a firm grip.
The bottoms of
the spoon bowls should be back to back. Basically, you're
making a fist around the spoons to hold them tightly in your
hand...Don't let go when you start to play!
There should be
a space of about a half an inch between the bottoms of the
spoons so that when you hit down on your leg they will click
together. Put your opposite hand, palm down about seven inches
above your leg. Start playing by hitting your spoons down
on your leg and up on your palm. Go back and forth, hitting
down on your leg and up on your hand, getting a click going
each direction. Put a slight accent on the 2 and 4 beats by
hitting a little harder on those beats.
make a roll, spread the fingers of the opposite hand wide
apart and make them rigid. Let the spoons bounce down across
each rigid finger in a rapid motion letting the last beat
hit on your leg. Use the roll as an occasional flourish, always
going back to the basic rhythm.
Remember, if you
are having trouble keeping the spoons in line, you are probably
not holding them firmly. Keep your index and middle fingers
pressed against the edge of the spoons and pressed tightly
against your palm. HAVE FUN!!
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