Learning Zills

Learning Zills

I really, really wish I had learned the zills when I began dancing!! Unfortunately, when I learned to dance, most of my teachers didn’t use zills (finger cymbals) in their classes. Because it wasn’t used in class and I never took the initiative to teach myself, I danced for years without them, and now my zills are not up to par with my dancing. It’s taking a lot of discipline to make myself use them, but I know it will pay off in the end.

I think it’s never too early to begin learning zills and really want my students to learn early on. However, I’ve decided that I will begin teaching zills in my Level 2 classes due to the nature of my Level 1 classes and the various objectives people have for signing up for the class.

Where do you buy zills? I recommend Zildjian zills which can be purchased here on Amazon. Also, Saroya Mastercrafts is another great place for purchasing zills. If you click on “Students & Advanced Dancers” you’ll see cymbals that are mellow toned and lightweight for students at around $15 a set. (You can read about the history of zills here, too.)

For more info about the author, visit www.mellilah.com

About Mellilah Jamal

Mellilah teaches belly dance classes in Redmond and Bothell and performs for private parties and restaurants throughout Seattle.


  1. you are correct, never too late I think for anything…I love Jamila Salimpour CD/book and Archive series to practice finger cymbals…amazing ability
    good luck with your future plans.

  2. Norma Buffon says

    Best of luck with the zills. Fortunately I learned early on to play. Just play them whenever you practice. Don’t have to use them constantly, play with the music and just have fun!

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