from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. One of a pair of round metal cymbals attached to the fingers and struck together for rhythm and percussion in belly dancing.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A kind of cymbals.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. one of a pair of small metallic cymbals worn on the thumb and middle finger; used in belly dancing in rhythm with the dance
It does not make any functional difference to the performance unless you’re at a professional level, so yes, the idea of zill mufflers is silly, however pretty they are.
Guidance systems, space hardned electronics and computers, life support systems, tracking technology, radio communications, materials for space suits, research in osteroporosis,… and many many thousands of things thet you zill find back in very day life without realizing it that this is the result of human space exploration.
The Secondhand Gypsies played "Brooklyn Baladi", so I tried to dance it with my new, humongous zills...but I mistakenly put them on the wrong fingers, so one zill kept slipping off.
I find you can go a long way towards getting the routine down just bashing your fingers together, zill-less.
For the entire third of it that had anything to do with zill covers I found the post to be humourous, generally.
In any case, the covers themselves are pretty enough, and in a nice, sparkly yarn might even add a tantalizing “you can glimpse the zill, but you cannot touch it” piquance to the zill-dancing experience, or perhaps that is only for those who identify too closely with inanimate brass objects, not that we know anyone like that around here.
All I did was cut out a circle of felt the same size as the zill.
Also, I bought my zills after class (the Arabesque ones) and so I took them home and sewed on the elastic and my favorite beads on the thumbs (so you can tell them apart) and then sewed a very proud making zill bag with some black silk and my left over trim and tassels and some ribbon.
You can make them either by cutting off the toes of old socks and sewing elastic around the edge so they fit snuggly around the zill or you can cut out a piece of fabric that is slightly bigger then the circumference of the zills and then attach the elastic to the edge of the fabric and make sure it fits snuggly around the zill.
If you take into consideration the fact that we call her Molasses Cat, you can probably guess how much zill-induced rage I must have created in her tiny, furry little bod.
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