In this study, we intended to differentiate patients with essential tremor (ET) from tremor dominant Parkinson disease (PD). Accelerometer and electromyographic signals of hand movement from standardized upper extremity movement tests (resting, holding, carrying weight) were extracted from 13 PD and 11 ET patients. The signals were filtered to remove noise and non-tremor high frequency components. A set of statistical features was then extracted from the discrete wavelet transformation of the signals. Principal component analysis was utilized to reduce dimensionality of the feature space. Classification was performed using support vector machines. We evaluated the proposed method using leave one out cross validation and we report overall accuracy of the classification. With this method, it was possible to discriminate 12/13 PD patients from 8/11 patients with ET with an overall accuracy of 83%. In order to individualize this finding for clinical application we generated a posterior probability for the test result of each patient and compared the misclassified patients, or low probability scores to available clinical follow up information for individual cases. This non-standardized post hoc analysis revealed that not only the technical accuracy but also the clinical accuracy limited the overall classification rate. We show that, in addition to the successful isolation of diagnostic features, longitudinal and larger sized validation is needed in order to prove clinical applicability.