As George Plimpton once discovered, playing triangle in a symphony orchestra is not as easy as it appears. Producing a musical sonority, striking in the right place – at the right time, stricking at just the right velocity and pressure and enduring the ridicule of jealous musicians around you, are all part of a day’s work!
THE FIVE TIPS TO REMEMBER
- Triangle must vibrate freely
- To produce maximum overtones, avoid striking at a 45 degree angle
- Use a good quality beater with sufficient weight to excite metallic structure
- Never play mounted to a music stand
- Identify the trangle’s “sweet spot” before you play
Follow these basic rules and you should be off to a good start!
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