A Comprehensive Method for Tuning and Pedaling Timpani

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Method books are an integral part of the percussion pedagogy. Timpani are the only Western pitched instruments a percussionist is required to tune, which proves intimidating for many players. Moreover, the aural and technical demands of the contemporary timpanist are ever-increasing with the technical demands found in modern composition. This dissertation will address the skills and techniques for tuning and pedaling timpani ignored by current method books and provide the timpanist with a process through a systematic set of etudes with audio accompaniment tracks. The goals of this method are to target the specific set of skills needed by the timpanist for accurate and effective timpani tuning in a modern ensemble setting.

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Method books are an integral part of the percussion pedagogy. Because of the vast number of instruments a modern percussionist is expected to play, they often look for progressive, concise, and effective resources that can make learning such a variety of instruments more efficient. Instructional books currently exist for many areas of percussion performance, including snare drum, mallet percussion, timpani, World music, accessories, and marching percussion. Included in these books are information and procedures on music reading, rhythm studies, listening skills, part preparation, and technical approach. Focusing on timpani methods specifically, many of these books include tuning and pedaling exercises and etudes. However, their pedagogies for the execution of such difficult procedures are superficial and focus primarily on technical prowess. Timpani are the only Western pitched instruments a percussionist is required to tune, which proves intimidating for many players. Moreover, the aural and technical demands of the contemporary timpanist are ever-increasing with the technical demands found in modern composition. This dissertation will address the skills and techniques for tuning and pedaling timpani ignored by current method books and provide the timpanist with a process through a systematic set of etudes with audio accompaniment tracks. The goals of this method are to target the specific set of skills needed by the timpanist for accurate and effective timpani tuning in a modern ensemble setting.

Pages: 179

CONTENTS:

PART ONE
CHAPTER ONE: Maintenance
Introduction
A Brief History of Timpani
Parts of Balanced Action Pedals
Translations
Ranges
Timpani Head Selection
Items for Timpani Bag
Timpani Head Replacement
Clearing Timpani Heads
How to Use the Tympanic Pressure Gauge
Setting the Tuning Gauges
How to Assemble a Do-It-Yourself Tuning Gauge
Daily Maintenance for Timpani
Periodic Maintenance for Timpani
Transporting the Timpani
Protective Covers and Cases
CHAPTER TWO: Tuning
Tuning Introduction
Selecting the Right Style Timpani
Timpani Setup and Positioning
The Music Stand
Ear Training Ideas
Standing Versus Sitting
Selecting the Timpani to Tune
Tuning Indication
Proper Foot and Leg Engagement
Standard Tuning Procedure
Using the Gauges Introductory Tuning Etudes
Etudes #5-8: Tuning
Etudes #9-11: Tuning
Etudes #12-14: Tuning
Etudes #15-16: Tuning
CHAPTER THREE: Pedaling
Pedaling Introduction
Choosing the Best Pitch Arrangement
Pedal Motion
Hand & Style Independence
Shifting from Drum to Drum
How to Decide When to Pedal
Bracket Indications
Choosing Which Foot to Use
Pedaling Etudes
Conclusion
PART TWO
Program Notes
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C
Appendix D
Appendix E
Appendix F
Appendix G
Appendix G
Appendix H
Bibliography
Vita

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