It’s a Zill Play-Along!

July 7, 2011 14 Comments

Hey there dancers! I was putting together today’s Daily Bellydance Quickie and thought I’d try something new. Here’s a  “Zill Play-Along” for you to have fun with during your practice.  You will hear me play a pattern, then repeat after me. There’s a metronome going in the background to help you keep a steady pace.

Mahin’s Zill Play-along #1

Depending on your skill and experience level in playing zills, you can use this track in different ways:

Easiest – Sit and play – however, I don’t recommend this unless that’s the only way you can do it just yet.

Easier – Walk in time with the metronome and play.

Not So Easy – Drill basic shapes and isolations while you play.

Challenge – Free dance while you play


I hope you have fun with this – let me know how it goes in the comments below!

Mahin (121 Posts)

Professional instructor and performer of Middle Eastern belly dance, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer and author or the “Daily Bellydance Quickies”. Belly Dance Artrepreneur, Workshop instructor, performer, event producer, and bellydance writer.

  1. Sharon
    July 7, 2011 at 8:07 pm

    Wasn’t able to get it.??????

    1. mahinbellydance
      July 7, 2011 at 10:58 pm

      Click the link in the blog – it should open up and play automatically.

  2. Moya harvey
    July 7, 2011 at 9:31 pm

    Great idea!! Thanks…;-)

    1. mahinbellydance
      July 7, 2011 at 10:59 pm

      You’re welcome!

  3. Fotia
    July 7, 2011 at 9:39 pm

    Great idea to get people started on zilling without them being totally intimidated!

    1. mahinbellydance
      July 7, 2011 at 11:00 pm

      I think I may do more of these, perhaps with a single rhythm and variations…. hmmm. Keep an eye out for more!

      1. Wallace-Ruby
        July 14, 2013 at 6:47 pm

        YAY! Keeping an eye out, in the figurative sense.

  4. saphirenz
    July 8, 2011 at 1:44 am

    Any development or practice with zills is very worthwhile and I suppose it should necessarily be somewhat challenging. I admit that it is for me . I have to thank you for this facility Your last comment about a possible reduction in the quantity of patterns exercised is good.

  5. Terri
    July 8, 2011 at 3:12 am

    Wow! What an exciting tool!!!! Love it!

  6. Lorna
    July 15, 2011 at 9:57 pm

    I like this, but because the rhythm is varied, not just a repetitive pattern, it would help me if you could include a visual notation

    1. mahinbellydance
      July 15, 2011 at 10:01 pm

      I may do that for some rhythm specific exercises in the future. This one was an experiment and mainly intended as a “hear this and mimic” exercise.

  7. Naima
    August 23, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    You totally tricked me into playing rings and clacks together by the end. Awesome!

  8. Connie
    July 12, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Love this! I am hoping you expand on this is the future!

  9. Wallace-Ruby
    July 14, 2013 at 6:45 pm

    LOVE, LOVE, LOVE THIS! Such a great way to practice, especially for those of us geographically-challenged when it comes to instruction! THANK YOU.

    The link for the clip-on metronome, for which I receive no compensation but so happy I found it. Still looking at how to glitter the little darling up 😉


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