Michelle emailed us to say:
“This is a question for Tim Bowdler, who wrote the Do’s & Don’ts for Percussionists article. Thanks for the article! Can you please add a paragraph for the egg shaker? We have one on our team, but are sometimes at a loss as to when to play it, style, etc.”
The foolproof way to play the egg is to turn the sharp end of the egg away from you and shake in a kind of ‘throwing a javelin’ technique. Play in a 4/4 time so the shake at the pointed part of the egg is hitting the ‘on beat’ (1,2,3,4). You do look a bit stupid, but it does work. If you are playing a 6/8 time, do the same but get the accents on the 1 and the 4. There are other ways of playing the egg, but that should get you on your way. Hope that helps.