Timbales are generally played positioning the large timbal to the left and the small one to the right (reversed for left handed).
Keep them at your waist level; you have to feel comfortable when playing.
Use wooden sticks; size are variable
(5/16" - 3/8" (raccomended) - 7/16" - 1/2").
When adding cowbell, woodblock, cymbal and a bass drum you can positon them as follows:
mouth points to the left;
mouth points to the right;
it depends on size but often it is placed facing the player;
to the right of the timbales (like a drum-set);
to the right of the timbales (like a drum-set).
The techniques to obtain the proper sound from your timbales are various:
strike the center of the head with the tip of the stick and let the drum ring clearly
strike the center of the drum by pressing the tip of the stick against the head
strike the edge and the rim of the head at the same time producing a sharp, high pitched sound.
holding the stick between the forefinger and thumb, with your palm turn downward, strike the center of the head with the palm of the hand while the stick extends over the rim. This produces a muffled sound on the head and a click effect on the rim at the same time.
The left hand is often used without stick.
In this case we have two more sounds:
LEFT OPEN TONE
strike the center of the large head with the middle finger of the left hand. Let the head ring.
LEFT MUFFLED TONE
strike the center of the drum by pressing against the head with the fingers of your left hand. This produces a muffled thud sound.
Leave the stick on the small head in a handy position to pick it up for fill-in's and breaks.
It is a Bolero and Rhumba accompaniment which is played by simply tapping the side of timbales (shell) with the tip of the stick (soft sound) or with the middle (loud sound).
By striking the bell at different point and with different part of the stick a variety of sound can be produced.
The following combinations (bell/stick) are generally the most commons:
strike with tip of the stick at the center of bell
strike with middle stick the mouth area
generally played on the neck area (high). Use mouth for accenting
generally played on the mouth.
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Tito Puente, Jim Payne
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November 13, 2000 - Hudson Music
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