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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.

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