This instrument belongs to the percussion family. A drum with skin stretched across a large bowl which was traditionally made of copper, but is more commonly now made of fibreglass.
It is a tuned percussion instrument as it can play a range of notes.
A timpani is struck with timpani sticks or mallets that are designed not to damage the surface of the skin.
Andy Smith introduces his instruments - the timpani.
See and hear an example of a timpani solo.
- Percussion (N3 & N4 Tech)