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Tonal Percussion

And why it's awesome

What it is
Timpani
Mallets
Bells

The Timpani
A large drum that that was
originally designed for
military uses, but became
a staple for orchestral
and symphonic settings
during the 18th century.

History of the timpani


The Moon of Pejeng
Arabic Nakers
Military Marches
Jean-Baptiste Lully
The Baroque era
The "machine" Timpani
The Pedal Timpani
Concert Band

Construction
Drum Head and Copper
Bowl
Fiberglass and Aluminum
Flesh hoop
Counter hoop
Tension Rods (6-8)
Machine timpani
Dresden Timpani
-Rachet Clutch
-Balanced Action System
-Friction Clutch

Sticks and mallets for timpani


Shaft
Head
Hardwood and Bamboo
Aluminum and Carbonfiber
Type of Mallets

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=F2ObigqMV1U

Diatonal keys

Mallet instruments
Xylophone
Glockenspiel
vibraphone
Marimba
Balafon

What it is
A melodic percussion
instrument that is
obviously played with
mallets

Xylophone history
Originated from the Balafon
European use started in
1860s
Camille Saint-Saens "Danse
Macabre"
Micheal Gusikov
Xylorimba
Shoskakovich

Glockenspiel History
"Geniune" Glockenspiel
Metallophones
Cymbala
Georg Handel
Dutch Bars
Auguste Mustel 1886
Marching Band

Vibraphone History
Leedy Manufacturing
company 1921
J.C. Deagan 1927
Steel to Aluminum
Vibraharp
Big time jazz usage

Marimba history
Comes from Africa
Low pitched zylophone
Constructed by slaves
Mexico and central america
Darius Milhaud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=HZSQ2KWcP2k

Bells and chimes


Diatonal
church clocks
20th century tuning
1766-1122 bc shang
dynasty
9th century handbells

https://www.youtube.com/watch?
v=69a19NF0BVc

why it matters to me
Probably the biggest reason for learning any new
instrument is that as a performer attempting to enter a
college group or professional group knowing how to play
more than one instrument sky-rockets your value to that
group. When you're confined to just one instrument, you
have to be the best in the land, but when you play
multiple instruments, you are so much more valuable
and your shortcomings compared to to others can be
overlooked. It's much more convinient to pay one player
a little extra than it is to pay two different players. As I am
trying to enter a music school, learning multiple
instruments is a must have, and I intend to do just that.

why it matters cont.


From a different perspective, learning a new instrument
challenges your understanding of music, especially if
they are uncommon types (winds and strings for
example). I wanted to pick an instrument I had no idea
how to play, but wasn't so rare that you couldn't find it in
ensembles. Music is a very talent based field, but it also
takes a lot of of know-how in order to be done correctly,
and uncommon instruments take an entirely different
understanding, which expands your knowledge and can
be applied again if you play a similar instrument.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timpani
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mallet_percussion
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xylophone
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marimba
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Glockenspiel/History
https://www.vsl.co.at/en/Vibraphone/History
http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/59651/bellchime
All websites up to date since 4/29/2015