Basic Technique

 

The techniques to obtain the proper sound from your timbales are various:

OPEN SOUND
strike the center of the head with the tip of the stick and let the drum ring clearly

MUFFLED TONE
strike the center of the drum by pressing the tip of the stick against the head

RIM SHOT
strike the edge and the rim of the head at the same time producing a sharp, high pitched sound.

RIM CLICK
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.


PAILA
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).


BELL SOUNDS

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:

NECK AREA
strike with tip of the stick at the center of bell

MOUTH AREA
strike with middle stick the mouth area

LARGE BELL
generally played on the neck area (high). Use mouth for accenting

SMALL BELL
generally played on the mouth.

PRACTICE ALL THIS SOUNDS AND GET OUT YOURS!


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