Playing on the left and right inner “walls” of a triangle allows the player to achieve fast tempos and alternate between open and muffled tones quickly. If right-handed, situate the triangle so that the opening faces left and use the left hand to dampen it by slightly pinching the opening. This is the most effective way of muffling as all vibration emanates from each rod tip at the opening.
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