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Studio Class 10


Dr. Jason Kihle, Associate Professor of Percussion

Texas A&M University-Kingsville



  1. Use leaded fishing line or plain fishing line (two separate loops) to secure triangle to clip
  2. With your hand, form a “C”, and this is the shape with which you hold the clip
  3. Good beaters are: Stoessel or Black Swamp Spectrum; you should have a selection of beaters
  4. 10” length of cold rolled steel will also work
  5. Overtones are desired from the sound of a triangle (Why is this?)
  6. Put music stand to R and triangle to L to let sound through


  1. Average triangle measures 6”-8”
  2. For a brighter sound, a smaller triangle may be a better choice (not necessarily for playing soft)


  1. For a thin texture and less resonance, play the triangle on the outside near the top or on the inside of the base near the closed end; play on the outside near the bottom for a full texture and resonance
  2. For fast passages, play at the top of the triangle for a thin sound, or between the base and the closed side of the triangle for a full sound


  1. Two corners: softer at top, louder in RH corner
  2. Go out towards end of open end for loud roll
  3. Danmar produces a triangle extender
  4. 3/8” triangle but no smaller

Other Tips

  1. Between horizontal and perpendicular for most overtones
  2. Straight rod beater for intricate rhythms
  3. Don't show up to paint on a canvas with only one brush (though some artists say they only use one beater and practice soft with a regular size beater so it is heard)
  4. Roll: at corner, recreate angle you want for normal striking, 
  5. For faster rhythms: play in corner
  6. Moleskin on tri clip can help, but stand can rattle
  7. Paint stick on cymbal stand and hang tri on cym stand after drilling hole in it

Playing Concepts

  1. Can you play 4 in a row that are the same?
  2. More velocity on up than down
  3. Music is not always marked correctly, usually let it ring through rests
  4. Can create a lighter attack if you use more upstroke 
  5. Use Keith Aleo accessory book for sight reading