On Friday, February 16, 2018, I presented Percussion Methods 102: Percussion Methods Revisited at the California All-State Music Education Conference (CASMEC). Below is a list of the resources and presentation outline.
Timpani Head Change Materials
Nitto Denko- Nitoflon Adhesive Tape- PTFE Tape With Silicone Adhesive, Grey- 10m
AmazonBasics Microfiber Cleaning Cloth – 24-Pack
TK-40 Timpani Tuning Key
DrumDial Digital Drum Tuner
Franklin Sports Synthetic Cover Practice Softball, Yellow, 12-Inch
Sharpie Permanent Marker, Fine Point, Black, Pack of 3
Stanley 33-425 Powerlock 25-Foot by 1-Inch Measuring Tape – Original
Lucas Oil 10533 White Lithium Grease – 8 oz. Squeeze Tube
Red Devil 0320 Steel Wool, 0000 Super Fine, 8 Pads
Steps for Changing Timpani Heads
1) Put the pedal to the lowest position (heel down) and place the softball under the pedal.
2) With a timpani drum key, loosen all of the tension rods.
3) Remove counterhoop and set aside. Make sure you put the countertop back on the drum in the EXACT position you removed it.
4) Remove the old head.
5) Wipe out bowl and clean bearing edge.
6) Apply Teflon Tape.
7) Put on new timpani head. Make sure that the logo is opposite of the playing area and the seam is 90 degrees from the playing area (or 3 o’clock)
8) Inspect counterhoop and clean if necessary. Make sure the tension rods are free of dirt and are properly lubricated.
9) Put the counterhoop back and finger tighten all of the tension rods.
10) Make sure the centered on the bowl. Use the tape measure to center the head.
11) Place your foot on the heal of the pedal and remove the softball.
12) Slowly raise the pedal to the highest position.
13) Tune the top note of the range of the drum.
14) Clear the head. Use the DrumDial!!
15) Let the drum sit for a couple of days and then check the range.
16) Clear the head again.
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