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#11 - kez
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(01/31/2013) [-]
Its timpanis though.

I play drums and my teacher made me learn them and in a week I was on grade 6. Its not exactly the toughest instrument..
#13 to #11 - whereismynigga
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You probably know **** about drums then...
#14 to #13 - kez
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(01/31/2013) [-]
Nah, its just simple compared to actual drums.
User avatar #24 to #14 - snaresinger
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Timpani ARE actual drums, you *******. So you think it's easy? Oh, your French grip must be flawless then! I would love a demonstration, professor.
#44 to #24 - kez
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Be more butt hurt.

Timpani have a very low skill floor compared to most other instruments but nearly all instruments have just as high a skill limit which is very high, making Timpani one of the easier instruments.

Equally hard at master level. But much easier all the way upto that level.
User avatar #51 to #44 - snaresinger
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Please, tell the music major more!

I'm not butthurt. I'm mocking you.
#64 to #51 - kez
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Badly though.
User avatar #15 to #14 - Hreidmar
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Like the man who lost his ***** said, you don't know much about them, then.
#17 to #15 - kez
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Obviously its not easy.

But for a musical instrument?

One of the easier ones. Definitely.

Played Violin, Double bass, Drums, Bongos, Timpani, Sonophone & little piano, and just starting guitar.

Doing drums for 5 or 6 years before doing Timpani obviously gave me a large advantage. But its one of the easier instruments. Not easy, just easy for an instrument.

Once you get timings and dynamics down its not amazingly technical.
User avatar #27 to #17 - pensivepangolin
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In my opinion, actually, the Timpani is one of the most technical instruments.

A timpani player has to know exactly what kind of mallet to use depending on the piece, as well as exactly what kind of grip and downstroke is ideal for each note. The player is also solely responsible for the pitch of the drums. They can't rely on only what they believe the note should be, which may be correct, but they have to listen to the ensemble and adjust the note accordingly. The difficulty of this is further increased when the player encounters numerous note changes within the piece itself, often with little time to fully analyze the sound that the drum should be making before it is time to hit the note.

It is for all of these reasons that I respect professional timpani players the most. Watching their precision and dedication makes me strive to become a better percussionist in general, and their work should not be taken lightly.
User avatar #18 to #17 - Hreidmar
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Depends very much on the piece. I've conducted some Shostakovich symphonies in my time, and especially in the 4th symphony the timpanist and the French Horns are the ones that get most exhausted and annoyed. It's extremely difficult to get the precise crescendos required from a timpani, more difficult that a pianist or violinist or any of the woodwinds.

Then again, I was kind of infamous for being extremely demanding, so perhaps I am nitpicking. But don't underestimate the timpanis.
#23 to #18 - kez
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Thats wickid cool conducting symphonies btw.
#22 to #18 - kez
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Yeah, I thumbed you for that. One thing Timpanis do have to do which is really hard is so be able to perfectly sync with other parts of the orchestra like the trumpets for example.

Yeah, I'm sure it does have some extremely hard and demanding peices like every instrument.

All I mean by one of the easier intruments is the required skill to be able to play the average hard thing doesnt seem to be as high as a lot of other instruments. As from my intermediate experience on Timpanis to my intermediate experiences on all my other instruments except Drums which i've played for 8 or so years now and are my main and like to think as more of a semi expert level, Timpani seems to be mainly timings and dynamics rather than techinical hand movements like on the drums guitar flute violin or piano etc.
#47 to #22 - mattoland
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******* arguin bout drums
User avatar #29 to #22 - Hreidmar
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My experience with them seems to be that they have a fairly average to low skill floor, yes, but a tremendous skill ceiling. It's relatively easy to pick them up, but to be at a professional level, you REALLY need to put time and dedication into it.
#45 to #29 - kez
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Yeah, exactly what I am saying.

Equally hard at master level as other instruments as you can always make instruments harder and harder and more technical.

But all the way upto that level the skill level is lower I would say.

Making it an easier instrument. I agree with what you said.