Are you sitting comfortably? I hope so, because I’m just about to talk about the exhilarating topic of wood and temple blocks and it could well knock you off your feet.
Wood blocks are made of wood. More often that not the most championed wood for wood blocking is teak, but failing that, then it absolutely has to be an alternate hardwood. Typically used in a western orchestral environment, this instrument has many uses, however, the principal use it to create that clinky-clonky sound that we all appreciate and admire. Varying in size, the clinky-clonky sound can differ in pitch and volume, and can be struck by various tools, which also affects the sound produced in a Heculean way.
Although not quite as obvious as with the aforementioned instrument, temple blocks are also made from wood. Hailing from Eastern Asia, these stunning instruments are larger than that of the wood block and are hollowed out along with the inclusion of a large slit, which allows for the instrument to sing with a more open and dark timbre. With its trademark bulbous shape and mouth-like slit, these wooden treats are often called ‘Dragons’ Mouths’. Although they won’t actually breathe fire, they’ll certainly heat things up amongst the percussion ensemble. The music will be so hot it’ll be smokin’!