Palmas (Flamenco)

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Palmas describes the rhythmic clapping of the hands in flamenco . A distinction is made between the louder and lighter sounding tone (Palmas Fuertes, also Palmas claras or Palmas agudas), when you hit the palm of the other hand with the fingers of one hand, and the duller and more restrained sounding tone (Palmas Sordas), which can be generated by hitting the two palms of the hands against each other.

Several Palmeros (this is the name given to the musicians of a flamenco ensemble who generate the rhythm by clapping their hands when making music ) create extremely complex sound images by combining different rhythm variations.

Very traditionally oriented flamenco ensembles sometimes do without additional percussion instruments and prefer to use several palm meros.