Musical Instruments


The Percussion Family

Timpani (Ludwig) Timpani, or kettledrums, are also tuned percussion instruments. They can play only a few notes. The notes are changed by pressing a pedal. Most bands and orchestras will have at least two timpani, and as many as four or five so that more notes can be played. The small timpani play higher notes and the larger timpani play lower notes. Timpani are played with special mallets, usually wrapped in felt.

Related Links:

The Timpani Link
  Information and links on timpani.
Timpani Solos
  Timpani solos, exercises, and information.
Timpani FAQ
  by Dwight Thomas, principal timpanist, Omaha Symphony
Timpani sites at Yahoo!
Timpani sites at Looksmart

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