Timpanists – loose or firm grip?

Classical percussionists in Holland and Germany use soft mallets with a bamboo stick and flexible wrist and arm movements. The key to the Amsterdam technique is to adopt a very loose grip which creates a relaxed fulcrum.

The Royal Concertgebouw timpanists have always used timpani with natural heads and the instruments they play include an 1890′s pedal timpani, rotatory piccolo drum and machine drum. Of course some music requires hard mallets to blend with the orchestral sound and the colour of the music. The Amsterdam technique provides a strong tradition of how timpanists can fulfil their role within today’s orchestras.

This article contains more information on the technique.

Posted in NEWS on October 23rd 2014

London Hand Therapy:

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Hand Therapy is both an art and a rehabilitation science for the upper extremity. The injured limb is evaluated and assessed, and a variety of treatment methods are used to achieve set therapeutic goals.

Hand therapists are qualified Occupational Therapists and Physiotherapists who have become skilled in treating upper limb injuries and deformities through further education, training and clinical experience.