The Well Tempered Timpanist

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Charles Dowd

General Info

Year: 1985
Edition: c.
Publisher: Alfred
Cost: Book Cost - $0.00   |   Supplemental Books - $0.00


The modern timpanist faces a new world of music that is more and more requiring an increasingly high level of technical proficiency. Appropriately titled, The Well-Tempered Timpanist is a wonderful collection of extensive writing of sticking permutations and drum combinations that the performing percussionist is bound to come across. Charles Dowd writes 770 studies for improving the reading and execution of crucial techniques like muting, staccato and legato playing, phrasing, and tuning. He intentionally left out hundreds of combinations, so even if someone finds their self working through all of the patterns they can always find another way to improve.


Student Reviews

"This excellent book is great for timpani teachers and students wishing to perfect upon there professional playing of the timpani. This is not a standard method book, basic playing techniques are note provided, knowledge of the instrument and how it is played is required before the use of this book. This book is written with a profound love of the instrument, music and teaching, and would serve any percussionist well in mastering the fundamentals." - Denver Ridgway


Additional Study Materials

Works for Percussion by this Author

Dowd, Charles. A Funky Primer for the Rock Drummer. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1987
Dowd, Charles. A Funky Thesaurus for the Rock Drummer: Features Afro-Cuban Rhythms & Odd-Meter Rock Beats. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1987
Dowd, Charles. Jazz, Rock & Latin Sourcebook: 100 Grooves for Drums & Bass. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1996
Cirone, Anthony; Charles Dowd. Master Technique Builders for Snare Drum. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1985
Dowd, Charles. The Well Tempered Timpanist. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1985
Dowd, Charles. Velocity Warm-Ups for Jazz Vibraphone. Van Nuys, CA: Alfred Publishing Co., 1985
Cirone, Anthony; Charles Dowd, Morris Lang, Percussion Masterclass on Works by Carter, Milhaud and Stravinsky. Delray Beach, Fl: Meredith Music Pub., 2010

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