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Old 04-17-2012, 03:23 PM
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Default Temple block vs Wood block

I've been asked to play 'percussion' (mainly drum kit) for the Sound of Music. The equipment required includes a temple block. Is there much difference between these, a wood block and a cow bell?

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Old 04-17-2012, 04:48 PM
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Default Re: Temple block vs Wood block

Yes, big difference between temple block and wood block. Wood block is going to be higher pitched and in most cases give more of a click sound. Temple block is going to be lower pitched and more open sounding perhaps what I would call "warmer" sound. Cowbell is a completely different instrument. It's a metal instrument and has none of the properties of the wood instruments and I wouldn't think of substituting that. I've usually found when doing shows that the part will call for the instrument they want for a reason. Only use the alternate when the prescribed instrument is not available.
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Old 04-17-2012, 07:46 PM
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Usually a wood block is just one item. That is a single sound. Temple blocks are usually in groups of five. That is 5 different pitches. If you're using plastic blocks, be sure to hit the block on an angle on the lip. Usually there is a built up place. With wood blocks you can tap the top. All this depends on the sound you need. A lot of times I play wood blocks and temple blocks with medium hard xylophone mallets, right on the top. I hope this helps.
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Old 04-17-2012, 08:56 PM
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Default Re: Temple block vs Wood block

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I've been asked to play 'percussion' (mainly drum kit) for the Sound of Music. The equipment required includes a temple block. Is there much difference between these, a wood block and a cow bell?

Any comments much appreciated!
Pete Stoltman is dead on.

If you can't locate a temple block in your neck of the woods, use a lower-pitched LP Jam Block. It will get you that "clop" sound the composer was looking for. If you need multiple pitches, as in Chinese-style temple blocks (like crash was talking about), a set of the LP Granite Blocks works well, and costs about half as much as a set of real temple blocks. If the score calls for only two or three pitches of temple blocks, you could always get a few more Jam Blocks.

A cowbell is no substitute for a temple block or wood block.
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Old 04-17-2012, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: Temple block vs Wood block

wikipedia has a pretty good definition and photos of each.
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