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  1. Registered User

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    WOW I DIDNT KNOW THERE WAS A TIMPANI SECTION
    but in any event all great players, but to me i consider the greats to be people who i know or see. Sure the famous and well known are of course excellent players, but i narrow the scope a bit. I remember at a mixed practice with our band and rcc, rcc was warming up and their tympinist(yes it was marching timpani so it was a bit different than concert) was just fiddling around, o man he was so incredible. I don't really know his name, but he was very good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CharacterZer0
    Vic Firth, no contest
    Well, again, it depends... are we talking about "chops" or "influence" on timpani? This happens a lot with set players... you get people trying to compare Virgil Donati with John Bonham. Having technical chops and being a great player or a huge influence on other musicians do not always go hand in hand. Many of the drummers with the best chops are unknown to most of the general public... but EVERYBODY knows Ringo! It's the same with timpani. Tim Adams has some of the best timpani chops ever (go to the Duff Class if you don't believe me) but he's not as famous or as influential as a guy like Vic Firth.
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    Timpani "chops" are irrelevant. It's about musicianship.

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    Chops are NOT irrelevant. Musicianship is more important, however, if you don't have any chops, you can't play any fast or difficult passages and that limits what you can play in terms of orchestral pieces and solos and who you can play with. You have to have basic "chops" to play anything at all. Also, when I talk about "chops", I'm not talking about just speed. Tim Adams can play fast, but he can also "bring out" the notes in a way that most people cannot. That's because he has great timpani chops and he knows the best techniques to bring out the best sound. That's what I would call "chops". The ability to judge when to use a specific technique is musicianship. Both are important in being a good timpani player.
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    Oh come on... doesn't anyone want to argue with me???
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    What an interesting topic.
    I played a little timpani in college with the symphony, and gee, I found it quite difficult.
    But what an impact they make, especially when you hit that sweet spot and still get the timpani's perfectly tuned for the next passage. Not to mention, reading timpani music is way different than reading drum set music.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David Hollywood
    How about Shawn Lafrenz??? He's a LEGEND in the Quad Cities and Cedar Rapids!!!
    Hey I've seen the QCSO many times he's great! Also Tony Oliver (my current teacher is good). You are great Shawn!
    But for more well known people I would seperate them into two areas
    1. the old: Firth, Hinger, Goodman, and Duff
    2. The new: Tim Genis, Donald Koss (well he's kind of new), and David Gross
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    Good list! Yeah, Tony Oliver is a nice guy and from what I've heard, a great teacher. I'm sure you're learning a lot!
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    So right now we have:
    Saul Goodman
    Fred Hinger
    Cloyd Duff
    Vic Firth
    Oscar "Papa" Schwar
    Salvatore Rabbio
    Marinus Komst
    Roland Kohloff
    John Tafoya
    Tim Genis
    Richard Weiner
    Tom Freer
    David Gross
    Tim Adams
    Donald Koss
    and of course Shawn Lafrenz and Tony Oliver!
    I might add Paul Yancich to that list... do we have any others???
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    John Beck anyone?
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    Quote Originally Posted by abugazi
    John Beck anyone?
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    Wow, I don't know why I didn't remember him, just look at all of the great students he's had.
    Augustana College student.

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    Quote Originally Posted by abugazi
    John Beck anyone?
    Of course! Good call.
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