This hand-held hoop drum with metal plates called jingles, hit with the fingers, fist or knee (or all three), easily signals high times, often by encouraging frenzied dance or summoning gypsy fantasies.

The more sophisticated uses for the tambourine include playing it with snare drumsticks and rubbing the thumb across the head to create a roll with the jingles, which can be quite attractive at quiet volumes.

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The tambourine appears in Exodus 15:20: