Bass String Tambourine

Powerful chords that fill the room

The string tambourine originally comes from France, where it was used in the Middle Ages as an accompaniment instrument, similar to a hammered dulcimer or a chorded zither. Each chord is made up of three strings which are hit with a mallet, a plectrum or the fingertips.

The string tambourine is ideal for people who like singing but up to now have not had a simple accompaniment instrument for that.

Bass String Tambourine - Manufaktur Meerklang
Bass String Tambourine diagonal


The bass string tambourine has a powerful, warm, deep tone and is ideal as an easy-to-play accompanying instrument for simple songs or as a harmony-forming element in improvisation with all kinds of melodic instruments.

With the six basic chords C major, G major, F major, A minor and D minor, the scope for design remains clear and yet there are enough combination options to create a varied, musical exchange. The string spacing is generous so that all chords can be plucked without any problems. Playing with the mallets creates a very unique timbre and allows for a rhythmic style of playing.


The string tambourine is suited to accompanying songs with chords, similar to a guitar. And yet it is much simpler to play because you only have to hit the chords and don’t have to change the fingering as with guitar chords.

  • Accompaniment of songs

  • School music lessons

  • Early musical education

  • Music therapy

  • Geriatrics

  • Sound meditation

  • Sound therapy

  • Improvisation

  • Sound healing

This instrument has therefore proven particularly useful in school music lessons, as both children and teachers learn to accompany songs themselves in a very short time using the string tambourine. As part of the Jekits project, the instrument has already been used with great success in many schools nationwide.