A percussion set-up consisting of two small metal drums on a stand, with two tuned cowbells, often a cymbal and other additions. The timbales descended from a small military dance and concert bands. They were originally confined to the charangas and orquestas típicas, to which they imparted a distinctive, jaunty, march-like rhythm, but during the 1940s they came into wider use. The timbales are played with sticks, with the player striking heads, rims , and the sides of metal drums. All this plus cymbal and cowbells make for a varied instrument. A standard timbales beat, the abanico, is a rimshot-roll-rimshot combination.
Two round metal single-headed drums similar in shape to the snare drum and played with sticks both on the head or on the shell, or cáscara. Timbales first gained popularity in danzón orchestras (substituting for the timpani).
Pair of tunable drums invented in Cuba. Mounted on a stand and played with sticks and some timekeeping strokes made with the hand on the lower drum. Measuring in sizes from 13" to 15" in diameter they are paired as 13" and 14" or 14" and 15". Initially used exclusively by the Charangas interpreting Danzón, they became part of the Latin orchestra in the 1940's and are now a mainstay and signature sound of many Afro-Latin styles. The standard set now includes cowbells, woodblocks and a cymbal. Timbales are the direct descendant of the European tympani. The larger of the two drums is called the hembra and the smaller macho. (CS)
A type of drum that is prominent in Afro-Cuban music
Two conjoined Afro-Cuban drums, similar to bongos, but wider in diameter and played with drumsticks instead of the hands.
Shallow, single-headed drums of Cuban origin, played in pairs; used in much Latin-American popular music.
A set of two, tuneable drums created in Cuba - derived from the European tympani - mounted on a tripod and played with sticks. The set has been added onto with several accessory items such as cowbells, cymbal and woodblocks.
(tim bah leys) are a set of two, single headed, mounted stick drums which originate in Cuban music. They were developed in the late 1800s as a replacement for European timpani and have since be used in Rock, Reggae and Jazz and other music. One drum of the set is usually tuned to a very high pitch.
percussion musical instrument
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.