How to tie a knot for your Castañuelas (Castanets)

20 Jan

I’ve seen variety of knots for castanets (2 loops, one loop, loops around Right end of the cord, loops around Left end of the cord).  This is how a matriarch at a flamenco shop in Sevilla tied the knots for my castanets.  She played them very well too!

Thread the cord through openings at the top of the castanets.  The Right end of the cord should be shorter than the Left

Wrap the Left end of the cord around the Right end of the cord two times

You will have two loops formed around the Right end of the cord

Insert the end of the Left cord between the two loops

Pull through and tighten

Voila!

You will use the Left end of the  cord to tighten the knot

And Right end of the cord to loosen the knot

One Response to “How to tie a knot for your Castañuelas (Castanets)”

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  1. Castañuelas Vocabulary and Exercises « flamencokc - January 22, 2012

    […] When tension in the knots is adjusted properly, castanets should gape open slightly when at rest.  To learn how to tie a knot for your castanets, visit previous post: https://flamencokc.wordpress.com/2012/01/20/castanets/ […]

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