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Timbales (or tymbales) are shallow single-headed drums, shallower in shape than single-headed tom-toms, and usually much higher tuned. The player (known as a timbalero) uses a variety of stick and hand strokes, rim shots, and rolls on the skins to produce a wide range of percussive expression during solos and at transitional sections of music, and usually plays the shells of the drum or auxiliary percussion such as a cowbell or cymbal to keep time at other parts of the song. For other uses, see Drum (disambiguation). ... A tom-tom (not to be confused with a tamtam) is a cylindrical drum with no snare. ... A timbalero is one who plays the percussion instrument timbales, a pair of tonal drums. ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ...

The shells are referred to as cáscara (the Spanish word for shell) which is also the name of a rhythmic pattern common in salsa music that is played on the shells of the timbales to keep time. The shells are usually made of metal but some manufacturers offer shells made of maple and other woods. The heads are light and tuned fairly high for their size. Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. ... A drumhead is a membrane stretched over one or both of the open ends of a drum. ...

Timbales is also the French word for timpani, thus the French refer to Afro-Cuban timbales as timbales latines. In fact, timbales were invented in the early 20th century as a more portable replacement for the standard timpani used in Afro-Cuban orchestras. A timpanist in the United States Air Forces in Europe Band. ... The Caribbean island of Cuba has been influential in the development of multiple musical styles in the 19th and 20th centuries. ... (19th century - 20th century - 21st century - more centuries) Decades: 1900s 1910s 1920s 1930s 1940s 1950s 1960s 1970s 1980s 1990s As a means of recording the passage of time, the 20th century was that century which lasted from 1901–2000 in the sense of the Gregorian calendar (1900–1999...

Traditionally, a pair of timbales is mounted on a stand and played while standing. They may be played with drumsticks, or more traditionally with timbale sticks which are straight sticks with no shoulder or head. The head diameters usually range from 12" to 16" with a pair normally differing in size by one inch. As with the bongos, the smaller drum is the "Macho" (male) and the larger the "Hembra" (female) and rhythmic figures tend to cast the two drums in sexual roles, with the macho providing the sharper, attacking sounds. Bongos being played Bongos are a percussion instrument. ...

Manufacturers have recently produced small timbales (usually called "timbalitos" or "mini timbales") with diameters of 6", 8" or 10"; usually they are sold as pairs and are mostly suitable for kit drummers. Drummmer John Dolmayan of System of a Down is known for using two (6" and 8") mini timbales on his kit. John Dolmayan (Armenian: ) (born July 15, 1973 in Lebanon) is a musician, best known as the drummer for the Armenian-American alternative metal band System of a Down. ... For the bands self-titled album, see System of a Down (album). ...

A small, fairly heavy salsa-type cymbal, cowbell, or wood block may be mounted slightly above and between the two timbales a little further from the player. Older players consider it bad taste to use both a cymbal and a cowbell, but younger players have abandoned this tradition, even incorporating timbales into larger percussion sets including drum kits. There can be as many as five different kinds of accessories on a timbale set. Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. ... For the Japanese rock band, see Cymbals (band). ... The cowbell is a percussion instrument. ... Wood block Tubular wood block A wood block is essentially a small slit drum made from a single piece of wood and used as a percussion instrument. ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments, such as a cowbell, wood block, chimes or tambourines, arranged for convenient playing by a single drummer. ...

Skilled players strike the heads, rims, and shells in rapid succession to produce lively latin rhythms; likewise, it is common for a timbalero to do so during purchase. Like many other drums, music shops may be understandably reluctant to let a browsing customer play the shells of timbales they have for sale.

Due to the great timbalero Tito Puente (among others), it is now acceptable for a player – especially a band leader – to use more than two timbales, and a great timbale solo is quite a spectacle. Puente can frequently be seen on concerts, posters, and album covers with seven or eight timbales in one set, often strapped to him rather than on a stand. Tito Puente, Sr. ...

Rigo Tovar, Mexican cumbia superstar, is another notable timbalero. His mastery of the timbales can be heard on several of his songs, most notably his hit single, "Matamoros Querido." Rigoberto Tovar García (March 29, 1946 – March 27, 2005) was a Mexican singer best known as Rigo Tovar, famous for his cumbia songs. ...



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Other countless Latin genres feature the timbales, as they are constantly being incorporated into new styles of music. Salsa music is a diverse and predominantly Spanish Caribbean genre that is popular across Latin America and among Latinos abroad. ... Merengue is a type of lively, joyful music and dance that comes from the Dominican Republic [1]. It is popular in the Dominican Republic. ... Son is a style of Cuban music which originated in the second half of the 19th century in the eastern province of Oriente. ... Latin jazz is the general term given to music that combines rhythms from African and Latin American countries with jazz harmonies from the United States. ... Monument to the dance and music of cumbia in El Banco. ... Mambo is a Cuban musical form and dance style. ... In Cuba, Rumba is a generic term covering a variety of musical rhythms and associated dances. ... For other uses, see Bossa nova (disambiguation). ... Carlos Santana: Munich, Germany, 1975 Latin rock is a fusion of the rock music with the latin american rhythms and – also – with some instruments which are typical for this music like percussion, but also piano riffs known from son cubano or merengue. ... Latin American music, or the music of Latin America, is sometimes called Latin music. ...


"Timbales" is also a Spanish euphemism for the vulgar term cojones, since they come in pairs, are rather large, and make a lot of noise (meaning that using them will produce notable side effects afterwards). Euphemism is the substitution of an agreeable or inoffensive expression for one that may offend or suggest something unpleasant to the listener; or in the case of doublespeak, to make it less troublesome for the speaker. ... The term vulgar originally meant of the common people, from the Latin vulgus. ... Cojones IPA: is a vulgar Spanish word for testicles, corresponding to balls or bollocks. // The word has entered popular use in the United States as a slang term meaning to have a brave attitude. ...

Famous players

Tito Puente, Sr. ... Changuito (José Luis Quintana) (January 18, 1948) is a Cuban percussionist. ... Willie Rosario a. ... Willie Bobo (February 28, 1934 - September 15, 1983, real name: William Correa) was an American jazz percussionist. ...

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Timbales (120 words)
In contrast to the traditional timbales, Mountain Rythym is proud to offer its wooden shell, handcrafted Custom Series timbales.
The sheer power and tone of the stave-constructed maple shells must be heard to be fully appreciated.
The shells offer a clear, articulate "cascara" pattern when struck on their sides and a huge tuning range capable of adapting to any musical situation.
Latin Percussion: LP Tito Puente Timbales (405 words)
Puente was responsible for bringing timbales from the rear to the forefront of the band in Latin dance music and Latin jazz.
All LP Tito Puente Timbales, Thunder Timbs, and Timbalitos are sold complete with a chrome plated, heavy duty, steel Timbale Stand.
A heavy duty, fully height adjustable, tilting timbale stand, a cowbell bracket, a pair of timbale sticks, and a tuning wrench is included with every set of LP Tito Puente Timbales.
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