Exercises, Etudes and Solos for Timpani

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Raynor Carroll

General Info

Year: 1996
Difficulty: (see Ratings for explanation)
Publisher: Batterie Music
Cost: $17.05


  • Contains more than 500 exercises, 100 etudes and 17 solos for two, three and four drums.
  • Chapters include: Tuning, The Legato Stroke, The Staccato Stroke, Sticking Patterns, Rolls, Muffling, Pedaling, Three Drums, and Four Drums.
  • Each chapter contains a brief explanation, exercises, etudes and representative orchestral excerpts from the standard repertoire.
  • The final section of the book includes 4 solos for two drums, 6 solos for three drums and 7 solos for four drums.



Program Notes

Raynor Carroll's Exercises, Etudes, and Solos for Timpani provides exactly what it says - exercises, etudes, and solos for different numbers of drums to help timpanists hone their craft and be ready for any situation. Beginning with basic legato strokes and progressing through advanced techniques, the text gives exercises and etudes for each technique to truly test comprehension and skill. Solos of varying difficulty focus on different techniques, and Raynor Carroll provides common orchestral excerpts for study.


1. Overview
2. Tuning
3. The Legato Stroke
4. Sticking Patterns
5. Rolls
6. Muffling
7. Pedaling
8. Three Drums
9. Four Drums
10. Solos for Two Drums
11. Solos for Three Drums
12. Solos for Four Drums


Organization: The table of contents is at the start of this book, listing an overview, tuning, the legato stroke, the staccato stroke, sticking patterns, rolls, muffling, pedaling, playing with three drums, playing with four drums, and solos for two, three, and four drums.

Content: The overview section contains acknowledgements as well as tips on the listed exercises, etudes, excerpts, and solos, as well as practicing in general. The tuning section provides examples of intervals found in musical works as well as examples of intervals which can be played on two drums. Each lesson is followed by orchestral excerpts which contain the previous fundamental which I feel is much more useful and easier to utilize than compiling all the excerpts at the end of the book with no context as to which solos pertains to which lesson or fundamental.

Uses: I would say this book is best suited for college students or high school students who are interested in furthering their development with timpani as there are plenty of solos provided in this book that a student would need to be at a certain level of proficiency to perform. The book includes the use of pedal timpani but discourages the use of tuning gauges which can be too difficult for some students and even professionals on faster tuning changes, so some advice may have to be taken at the discretion of the instructor.

Rating: While there are great playing examples and solos provided in this book, not much information is given as to how to execute the fundamentals covered. As the book is now, I feel it is a great source of exercises, etudes, and solos, exactly what the title states but another book should be used to develop students’ skills and fundamentals at the timpani. 4/5. User:Hondogracias


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