How to Play the Wind Chimes

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Learn tips and techniques for playing the wind chimes in this free percussion instruments video clip.

Part of the Video Series: Tips for Playing Percussion Instruments
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Hi, my name is Lennon Leppert, this is "How to Play the Wind Chimes". The wind chimes can be used in a lot of ethnic situations, a lot of ethnic drum set players will use the wind chimes mounted above them for a kind of a suspended cymbal effect, just a cool effect. They can also be found in pop music everywhere, and they can be found a lot in orchestral music, and, of course, a lot in orchestral film scores. So there are a couple of techniques to playing to wind chimes. They are usually mounted on a cymbal stand like this. You can start at the top, go down softly, or you can do a really hard, that kind of sound, where they just jingle back and forth. You can start at the center and work your way out with both hands, opposite ways, or do the opposite and work your way in. Also, there are different lengths of wind chimes. They can range anywhere from very small, maybe four chimes, to a hundred chimes or more. There are different ways of holding them and different rack mounts, depending on how much you want to spend on your wind chime setup. There is little hardware pieces that snap on where you can dampen the wind chimes without using a towel or your hand. And there are different brands and different qualities of metal that are used for the chimes themselves. And that concludes "How to Play Wind Chimes".

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