TME Podcast Season 4, Ep. 16: Learning the Basics About the Timpani
Description: The Timpani is an exciting percussion instrument because it can influence the rhythmic ideas of a musical piece as well as contribute to the harmonic and melodic development of it. The drum can play a series of different pitches and today we are going to explore how it is used in the performance setting as we learn about the basics of the Timpani.
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- Playing Position
- Understanding The Basic Physics Of The Timpani
- The Three Main Parts To The Timpani
- Timpani Range
- Timpani Tuning
To recap, to tune the timpani:
Step 1 - Listen to the pitch source
Step 2 - Have the pedal at the bottom of the range.
Step 3 - Tap the drum twice. First time to hear where the pitch is and second time, after the pedal is slid up quickly, to check if the pitch is correct.
Step 4 - If the pitch was noticeably off, then repeat the process until the pitch was correct.
- Troubleshooting The Timpani
- Sliding Pedal
- Uneven Pitch
- Timpani Set-Up
- Timpani Grip
- The Basic Stroke