The tamborim is a much smaller drum than any other played in Brazilian music. It is usually 6 inches in diameter and is played with a three pronged stick called a baqueta de tamborim. These are popular in samba groups and are very high pitched. The variation of sound comes from rotating the drum and muffling it with the hand that holds the drum. The drum can also be rotated in the hand during performance to strike from the opposite direction, a common technique used in up-tempo samba.