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Posted: 20 May 05, 10:34 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I personally love Roger's timpani solo's in the jazz and the game tours. It looks cool and it is very energetic but I wonder if someone knows if he was really a good timpani player because I don't know much about that instrument. Is someone here who could tell me that ?

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Posted: 20 May 05, 10:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

I played timpani in marching band back in high school, and while I'm certainly not a trained percussionist in any way, I know that Roger's holding the mallets wrong and doing little other than bashing holy hell out of the timpani while fiddling with the tuning pedal. Still, like you said, it looks and sounds really cool.

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Posted: 20 May 05, 10:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Yes, his 'Escape From The Swamp' from Flash Gordon album sounds great!

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Posted: 20 May 05, 10:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Always thought, Roger was their drummer, not their timpani player...!? :-)


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Posted: 20 May 05, 11:47 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

That's the beauty of it...

...it might not be techinically correct or whatever, but it sounds good and looks good. That's what it's about.

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Posted: 20 May 05, 13:57 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

Roger would finish the regular drum solo to KYA then Brian May would hit the delays on his guitar and play a little doodle until Roger went to the tympanis then Brian would either go to the side of the stage or leave for a minute as Roger would go wild on the tympani. Roger's tympani solos were better than either John Bonham's or Carl Palmer's tympani solos. On the Jazz tour, it was a straight tymp. The Game tour Roger added the cymbal to the tympani setup.


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Posted: 21 May 05, 05:27 Edit this post Reply to this post Reply with Quote

It sounds like a drunk man trying to get out of a wardrobe. Very boring and self-indulgent. At least he has stopped it now. Brian should take note.


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